Event Title

Why are Parents Not Vaccinating Children, and How Can the Healthcare Community Help?

Major

Nursing

Faculty Mentor

Debbie A. Greene

Abstract

The purpose of this evidence-based practice project is to examine the influences on parent's decisions to vaccinate children. This research can be used to explore the reasons for not vaccinating on the recommended schedule. A keyword search was conducted using the terms parents, hesitation, vaccinations, decision making, childhood vaccines, and children. By narrowing the results, 6 articles were found to explore the topic. These include 1 grounded theory study, 1 qualitative study, 1 literature review, 3 descriptive studies. Research shows multiple factors that are leading to lack of adequate childhood vaccinations includes but is not limited to caregiver age, parental vaccine knowledge, and actual vaccination anxiety.These studies all conclude that more intensive family focused education and empathy is required to increase the number of vaccinated children.

Session Name:

Poster Presentation Session #1 - Poster #07

Start Date

10-4-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

10-4-2015 12:15 PM

Location

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

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Why are Parents Not Vaccinating Children, and How Can the Healthcare Community Help?

HSB 3rd Floor Student Commons

The purpose of this evidence-based practice project is to examine the influences on parent's decisions to vaccinate children. This research can be used to explore the reasons for not vaccinating on the recommended schedule. A keyword search was conducted using the terms parents, hesitation, vaccinations, decision making, childhood vaccines, and children. By narrowing the results, 6 articles were found to explore the topic. These include 1 grounded theory study, 1 qualitative study, 1 literature review, 3 descriptive studies. Research shows multiple factors that are leading to lack of adequate childhood vaccinations includes but is not limited to caregiver age, parental vaccine knowledge, and actual vaccination anxiety.These studies all conclude that more intensive family focused education and empathy is required to increase the number of vaccinated children.