False Vaccine Contraindications Among Healthcare Providers in Europe: A Short Survey Among Members of The European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2019 Sep;38(9):974-976. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000002401.


Some healthcare providers hold or delay vaccination because of false vaccine contraindications. This study suggests that in 21.4% of scenarios (877/4096) physicians would postpone or contraindicate the vaccination, and 24.2% (237/978) of scenarios would be vaccinated despite the existence of a true contraindication or reason for delay. Addressing false contraindications may result in increasing vaccination uptake in Europe.

MeSH terms

  • Child Health
  • Contraindications, Drug
  • Europe
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*
  • Vaccination / psychology*
  • Vaccination / statistics & numerical data
  • Vaccination Refusal / psychology
  • Vaccines*


  • Vaccines