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Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2014;10(9):2584-96. doi: 10.4161/hv.28596. Epub 2014 Nov 13.

What are the factors that contribute to parental vaccine-hesitancy and what can we do about it?

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a Department of Pediatrics ; Vanderbilt University School of Medicine ; Nashville , TN USA.

Abstract

Parental refusal or delay of childhood vaccines is increasing. Barriers to vaccination among this population have been described, yet less is known regarding motivating factors. Researchers are beginning to evaluate various approaches to address the concerns of "vaccine-hesitant" parents, but few studies have evaluated the effect of interventions on timely vaccine uptake. Several models for communicating with vaccine-hesitant parents have been reported for healthcare providers; however, the effectiveness and utility of these strategies has not been quantified. This article reviews the known barriers to vaccination reported by vaccine-hesitant parents and the current evidence on strategies to address parental vaccine hesitancy.

KEYWORDS:

exemption; human papillomavirus, HPV; measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR); parents; vaccine hesitancy; vaccine refusal; vaccine-hesitant parents, VHPs; vaccines

PMID:
25483505
PMCID:
PMC4977453
DOI:
10.4161/hv.28596
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