Despite lack of evidence, parental reservations on the safety of vaccinations remain.
U.S. pediatricians are reporting a steady rate of vaccination among their patients in the last year, although there remains a level of uncertainty related to developmental delays and a lack of education on this topic among parents of young children, according to data from a microsurvey performed by InCrowd, a provider of real-time market intelligence to life sciences and healthcare firms.
“As back to school season elevates vaccination levels as a public health issue, the new data underscore that the time is now to continue the dialogue,” said Diane Hayes, president and co-founder of InCrowd. “Parent education regarding the safety of vaccines is imperative, with the CDC emphasizing that studies show no link between vaccines and autism, and the only study supporting a relationship being retracted. During August’s National Immunization Month and always, the data reassert the need for clinicians to make sure that parents fully understand the seriousness of the risk to their child if left unvaccinated.”
Highlights from InCrowd’s findings:
- 61% of U.S. pediatricians said they did not see a marked change in the number of patients receiving the recommended vaccination schedule.
- 39% of pediatricians did indeed note a change in the number of patients receiving recommended vaccinations – with 71% of these reporting more patients receiving the recommended vaccinations, and 29% reporting fewer patients.
The most common parental reservations expressed about vaccination to the surveyed pediatricians included:
- Developmental delays associated with autism, with 73% of pediatricians reporting parents expressing this concern.
- Concerns of parents that too many vaccines are given at one time was reported by 69% of pediatrician respondents.
- Concerns over the ingredients in vaccinations was another common concern among parents, according to 51%, of the pediatrician respondents.
When asked some of the best ways that the healthcare industry could better inform parents about vaccination, 73% of pediatricians suggested public service ads in digital media, print or TV. 61% suggested social media campaigns, and 49% suggested allocating more time during patient visits to discuss vaccination concerns.
The vaccination perception survey used InCrowd’s 5-minute MicroSurvey platform to assess the responses of 263 qualified U.S. pediatricians with an average of 18 years of practice. Responses were fielded in a several-hour period on May 11, 2016.
InCrowd provides a mobile microsurvey methodology and analytics engine that enables clients to reach targeted specialists and stakeholders easily among an extensive and diverse “Crowd” of healthcare professionals. These experts are available on-demand throughout the United States and around the globe through the InCrowd platform, which is offered in 20 different languages.
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