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July 18, 2017

The Role of Patient Engagement in Addressing Parents’ Perceptions About Immunizations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, St Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri
JAMA. 2017;318(3):237-238. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.7168

Vaccines are frequently cited as one of the greatest successes in the history of public health. The World Health Organization estimates that vaccines for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, and measles save between 2 million and 3 million lives annually. However, in recent years, parental resistance toward childhood vaccinations has increased.1 Many parents have become concerned and distrusting of scientific evidence about vaccinations. As a result, cases of vaccine-preventable diseases have reemerged in the United States and other countries. Unvaccinated and undervaccinated individuals are susceptible to disease and increase the risk of transmitting diseases even to those who are fully vaccinated.1