Communicating About Immunizations

Jamie Loehr
Primary Care 2020, 47 (3): 419-430
A significant minority of patients and parents are vaccine hesitant, defined as having the desire to delay or defer immunizations despite easy access to vaccines. Vaccine hesitancy exists along a spectrum, from patients who are concerned but willing to accept the recommended vaccine schedule to those who wish to use a delayed schedule to those who refuse vaccines altogether. A strong recommendation in favor of a vaccine is the most important reason a patient or parent accepts the immunization. Structural changes, such as removing personal and religious exemptions for vaccines required for attending school, are effective tools in increasing vaccination rates.

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