How Can Physicians Navigate Vaccine Hesitancy

According to a recent report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the number of parents who refuse vaccinations for their children is rising. Included in the study was the fact that although pediatricians educate parents about the vaccinations, many still opt for their children not to receive them.

In an article from Medical News Today, Shannon Aymes writes, “The perception that parents thought the vaccinations were unnecessary increased from 63.4 percent to 73.1 percent”. So how should physicians navigate this vaccine hesitancy while also supporting the patient?

In this article, Aymes examines:

  • Parent’s concerns about vaccinations
  • The role of education and advocacy
  • Strategies for approaching the hesitant parent

According to Aymes, “Vaccine hesitancy stems from concerns regarding adverse effects. It is, however, also linked to many parents having never been exposed to the diseases that vaccines prevent”. She continues by advising that, “Starting at the prenatal visit and continuing through pregnancy and beyond, addressing vaccine hesitancy begins with open dialogue between the parent and physician”.

To read more, see the full article from Shannon Aymes in Medical News Today.

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