Caring for the Vaccine Hesitant Family: Evidence-Based Alternatives to Dismissal


Vaccine hesitancy is a growing public health threat. Recent data suggest that only one-half of children in the U.S. are up-to-date for all recommended vaccines by 19-35 months, and over one third of children are on alternative or shot-limiting vaccine schedules.1 Measles infected 1,282 Americans in 2019 – the most cases since 1992 – and the US nearly lost its measles elimination status.2 One in 40 kindergartners attends school with a non-medical vaccine exemption, and many more kindergartners attend school under-immunized without plans to catch up.

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