Countering Vaccine Hesitancy

Pediatrics. 2016 Sep;138(3):e20162146. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-2146.


Immunizations have led to a significant decrease in rates of vaccine-preventable diseases and have made a significant impact on the health of children. However, some parents express concerns about vaccine safety and the necessity of vaccines. The concerns of parents range from hesitancy about some immunizations to refusal of all vaccines. This clinical report provides information about addressing parental concerns about vaccination.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting Systems
  • Child
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Communication
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Immunity, Herd
  • Parents*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Pediatricians
  • Refusal to Treat
  • Safety
  • Vaccination Refusal*
  • Vaccination*