Sumary of Almost 1 in 5 Parents Are ‘Vaccine Hesitant,’ Study Finds:
- Vaccine hesitancy has contributed to large outbreaks of preventable diseases in several countries, including the United States, the study authors said..
- “Reducing vaccine hesitancy and increasing confidence in vaccinations could help improve vaccination coverage and thus protect children from disease,”.
- She suggested parents talk with their health care provider about the benefits of vaccination for individuals and communities..
- A lack of trust could have significant consequences if a vaccine for COVID-19 becomes available and a large percentage of parents don’t vaccinate their kids..
- The researchers defined vaccine hesitancy as the “mental state of holding back in doubt or indecision regarding vaccination.”.
- They were also asked about concerns regarding the number of vaccines a child gets at one time and whether their child’s doctor is their most trusted source of vaccine information..
- In 2019, almost 6% of parents said they were very hesitant and nearly 14% were somewhat hesitant about vaccines..
- Almost 23% of parents in 2018 and 19% in 2019 said they were concerned about the number of vaccines a child gets at one time..
- More than eight out of 10 parents said their child’s doctor was their most trusted source of information on vaccines..
- Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, reviewed the study findings..
- Offit said while it’s good to see a decline in vaccine hesitancy, it’s important to see if this difference is sustained for more than one year…