Child vaccination hesitancy has led to a significant decrease in vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella and others. However, some parents may have concerns about the safety, effectiveness and necessity of vaccines. The pediatric infectious disease specialists with Norton Children’s Infectious Diseases, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, can help parents experiencing vaccine hesitancy.
What Is Child Vaccination Hesitancy?
Vaccine hesitancy is when parents may have a lack of trust in the medical community; concerns about the safety, effectiveness and necessity of vaccines; or other issues related to vaccination. Vaccine hesitancy can contribute to children being undervaccinated or not vaccinated due to parents’ decisions to delay or refuse vaccines for their children.
Choosing not to vaccinate a child has risks for the child as well as people that come into contact with the child. As more parents choose not to vaccinate their children, it reduces “herd immunity,” a safe vaccination rate that can help lower the spread of infectious diseases within a community.
The pediatric infectious disease specialists with Norton Children’s Infectious Diseases can work with families who are concerned about vaccinations. Our providers are up to date on the latest information about vaccine safety and best practices, and can give evidence-based information and recommendations on concerns families may have.