Keywords

vaccine, immunization, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, patient education, anti-vaccine movement

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Even with the benefits of vaccinations, some parents refuse vaccinations due to influence from vaccine opponents. The purpose of this article is to identify common vaccine concerns on public forums and address these concerns with scientific evidence, thereby offering PNPs information on how to respond.

Method: Six electronic databases were searched to identify articles examining concerns of parents regarding vaccines and provide evidence-based responses to each concern.

Results: Some parents are concerned that healthcare providers are not obtaining written informed consent prior to vaccinating their child(ren). Another common concern is that pharmaceutical companies are solely motivated by financial profits when manufacturing vaccines. Parents also share concern about vaccine manufacturers’ exemption from liability for those who suffer a vaccine-related injury.

Discussion: PNPs have a responsibility to address parents’ concerns regarding vaccines and provide correct information to the public. PNPs are in a prime position to positively influence parental vaccine decision-making.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2020-08-18

Language

English

College

Nursing

Department

Nursing

University Standing at Time of Publication

Graduate Student

Course

Family Nurse Practitioner

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