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Vaccine. 2011 Oct 13;29(44):7651-8. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2011.08.002. Epub 2011 Aug 12.

Parent and adolescent perspectives about adolescent vaccine delivery: practical considerations for vaccine communication.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, USA. Cynthia


We surveyed parents of adolescents (n=430) and their adolescents ages 15-17 years (n=208) in 9 primary-care settings in Monroe County, NY to assess perceptions about adolescent vaccine delivery. Parents and adolescents most wanted to discuss vaccine side effects and the diseases prevented with the adolescents' provider. Those who perceived vaccines as very safe were more accepting of adolescent vaccines. Most participants agreed with vaccinating the teen during a mild illness and with providing multiple vaccines concomitantly. Participants most preferred medical, as opposed to other settings, for receipt of adolescent vaccines. For parents and adolescents who are wary of vaccination, strategies are needed to enhance communication about risks and benefits of vaccinations.

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