SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Most parents decide on vaccines before having children

Many parents make vaccine preferences before having children | Courtesy of myvmc.org
A recent study shows that an estimated three-quarters parents choose whether they want their children to receive vaccines before they even become pregnant.

There have recently been increased efforts to explain to parents how important immunizations are for children, especially if the vaccines can be made more effective by starting at pregnancy.

The study involved 170 fathers and mothers who were in the postpartum ward between February and April 2015. 72 percent of the parents said they had formed their vaccine preferences before the baby was conceived; 77 percent of the parents of older children said they had decided about vaccines before they became pregnant with their next child.

"Currently, the vast majority of vaccine information and education is given after the birth of the child, usually during the clinic visits when the vaccination shots are given. However, we may be giving this information too late, long after most parents start thinking about vaccines for their child," James Yarnall, a fourth-year medical student at the University of North Carolina, said.

Further details from the study were presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition last week in Washington, D.C. 

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