Addressing Parent Concerns About Risks and Benefits of Vaccinations
Lewis, Chad M.
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Purpose: To identify the primary concerns that parents face when vaccinating their children and ways to address these concerns for increased vaccine compliance through an examination of current peer-reviewed literature. Data Sources: Cited sources were obtained through the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), GALE CENGAGE Learning, PubMed (a service of the United States National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health), Academic Search Premier, Google Scholar, and Up-to-Date (Uptodate.com). Conclusions: Education is the primary barrier to parents understanding the risks and benefits of vaccination to both their children and of the public at large. Increased efforts by all Pediatric Providers to educate parents will be the key to increasing vaccination compliance in the future. Implications for Practice: Because education is the primary deficit in those who do not vaccinate, health care providers can set goals to expand education to parents, which will increase vaccine compliance and decrease preventable disease.