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Vaccine. 2018 May 11;36(20):2788-2793. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.03.088. Epub 2018 Apr 10.

Direct-to-adolescent text messaging for vaccine reminders: What will parents permit?

Author information

1
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, 135 Rutledge Ave, MSC 561, Charleston, SC 29425, USA. Electronic address: robertsj@musc.edu.
2
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Public Health Sciences, 20 Ehrhardt St, MSC 207, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.
3
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, 135 Rutledge Ave, MSC 561, Charleston, SC 29425, USA.
4
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics, Section of General and Community Pediatrics, 1200 Children's Avenue, OUCPB Suite 12400, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA.
5
Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Desk Ba3b, 200 First St SW, Rochester, MN 55905-0001, USA.
6
Applied Linguistics/English, University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA.
7
Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Pediatrics, 135 Rutledge Ave, MSC 561, Charleston, SC 29425, USA; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics, Section of General and Community Pediatrics, 1200 Children's Avenue, OUCPB Suite 12400, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Direct-to-adolescent text messaging may be a consideration for vaccine reminders, including human papilloma virus (HPV), but no studies have explored the minimum age at which parents would allow adolescents to receive a text message.

METHODS:

We distributed a survey to parents of 10-17 year olds during any office visit in two practice based research networks in South Carolina and Oklahoma. We asked about parental preference for receiving vaccine reminders for their adolescent, whether they would allow the healthcare provider to directly message their adolescent, and if so, what would be the acceptable minimum age.

RESULTS:

In 546 surveys from 11 practices, parents of females were more supportive of direct-to-teen text message reminders than were parents of males, (75% v. 60%, p < .001). The median age at which parents would allow direct text messages from physicians' offices was 14 in females compared to 15 in males, p = .049. We found a correlation between the child's age and the youngest age at which parents would allow a direct text message. Of the parents who permitted a text message directly to their adolescent, most reported an allowable age higher than their adolescent's current age until the age of 15.

CONCLUSION:

Our study suggests that direct-to-adolescent text messaging would be allowed by parents for older adolescents. This supports an intervention aimed at older adolescents, such as for receipt of MCV4 dose #2, delayed HPV vaccine series completion and annual influenza vaccination.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescent; Immunizations; Reminders; Text message; Vaccines

PMID:
29653849
DOI:
10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.03.088
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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