The Effects Of Parental Vaccination On Children Essay

1022 Words Sep 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The debate on whether or not to vaccinate infants has been a hot topic the past few years. Recent studies and articles have verified the growing fears and concerns over vaccine safety especially in infants and children. These fears and concerns are a major cause of parental vaccine hesitancy in infants and children. Vaccine hesitancy, which is the refusal or delay of vaccination, can lead to decreased immunization rates in infants. Anyone familiar with vaccinations should agree that infants who are not vaccinated are more susceptible to vaccine preventable diseases. On the other hand, vaccinated individuals are less likely to succumb to the disabilities, illnesses, and even death caused by specific vaccine preventable diseases, as for example, pertussis, tetanus, and influenza. The study of Hendrix, Finnell, Zimet, Sturm, Lane, and Downs (2014) focuses on how different vaccine message strategies affect parental vaccine intentions. Messaging of vaccinations refers to any mode of communication in which information about a vaccine, its side effects, or benefits are given. This study examines the most effective messaging strategy for increasing parental vaccination intent. A number of parents were selected and placed into four different groups, each group was given a different type of vaccine message specifically regarding Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR). The vaccine intent of parents was then measured and compared against each of the four messaging types used.…

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