WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Majority of parents still seeking vaccinations for children

More than 80 percent of parents are still following doctor-recommended vaccine schedules. | Courtesy of hsph.harvard.edu
A new study conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that the majority of U.S. parents are still having their children vaccinated according to their physician-recommended schedule.

The study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in wake of rising concern following the recent measles outbreak in the United States, found that 80 to 90 percent of parents still choose to have their children vaccinated on time.

Health professionals believe a trusting relationship with health care providers is key to keeping childhood vaccinations common in the United States. Most parents want more information about how vaccines work and whether the alarming information on social media is true.

“Parents who do vaccinate their children want to be supported,” K. "Vish" Viswanath, professor of health communication at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said. “Some have questions and doubts that they want to have clarified. They care for their children, and when they hear on the news that other parents are declining or delaying vaccinations, they wonder if they are making the right decision.”

To that end, the researchers will recommend that the HHS spread the message that vaccinations are the norm.



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