The rise (and fall?) of parental vaccine hesitancy

Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2013 Aug;9(8):1755-62. doi: 10.4161/hv.25085. Epub 2013 Jun 6.


Parental vaccine hesitancy is a growing problem affecting the health of children and the larger population. This article describes the evolution of the vaccine hesitancy movement and the individual, vaccine-specific and societal factors contributing to this phenomenon. In addition, potential strategies to mitigate the rising tide of parent vaccine reluctance and refusal are discussed.

Keywords: parents; vaccine hesitancy; vaccine refusal.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Parents*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / psychology*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vaccination / psychology*
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data*
  • Vaccines / administration & dosage*


  • Vaccines