One-third of American Parents Say They Will Jump Over Influenza Shots for Their Children This Season Although health experts consistently…
Although health experts consistently recommend that children receive annual flu vaccines, nearly a third of American parents said they did not ” T plans to have their children vaccinated this year, according to a report published Monday by Michigan’s CS Mott Children’s Hospital.
The National Poll for Children’s Health, conducted last month in collaboration with the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and the Child Health Evaluation and Research Center, asked 1
,977 parents about the plans to have their child’s influenza vaccine this year and their reasoning behind the decision.
“There seems to be an echo chamber around the flu vaccine,” said Sarah Clark, deputy director of CS Mott Children’s Hospital National Vote on Children’s Health. “Child Health Care is an important in information source to explain the motivation for annual influenza vaccination and addressing parents’ questions about influenza safety and effectiveness. “
The study found that two thirds of the parents planned to have their children vaccinated, mostly on the recommendation of their healthcare provider . Officials said that these parents reported that they had four times as many sources that encourage vaccination than to discourage it.
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Parents who reported that they would not likely get their children flu vaccines said they received the most information about vaccinations from family members, close friends and other parents. They reported that they had seven times as many sources talking against vaccination than for that, officials said.
“It is important to admit that childcare professionals for some parents are not the only influence – or even the primary influence – on decision on influenza vaccine,” said Clark. “For these families, we need to explore other mechanisms to convey accurate information and let the parents hear a more balanced viewpoint.”
During the 2017-2018 season, 180 children died after committing the disease, which was greatest at recording.
Experts recommend that everyone over 6 months should receive the flu vaccine. Children under 8 who get the shot for the first time will receive two doses divided one month apart to build their immunity.
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