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Pediatr Ann. 2015 Apr;44(4):e71-5. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20150410-07.

Identifying and addressing vaccine hesitancy.

Abstract

In the 20th century, the introduction of multiple vaccines significantly reduced childhood morbidity, mortality, and disease outbreaks. Despite, and perhaps because of, their public health impact, an increasing number of parents and patients are choosing to delay or refuse vaccines. These individuals are described as "vaccine hesitant." This phenomenon has developed due to the confluence of multiple social, cultural, political, and personal factors. As immunization programs continue to expand, understanding and addressing vaccine hesitancy will be crucial to their successful implementation. This review explores the history of vaccine hesitancy, its causes, and suggested approaches for reducing hesitancy and strengthening vaccine acceptance.

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PMID:
25875982
PMCID:
PMC4475845
DOI:
10.3928/00904481-20150410-07
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