A recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine refutes the common misconception surrounding vaccine hesitancy among parents. The article, authored by two pediatricians from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, argues that media reports often distort the reality, creating the false impression that a significant percentage of parents refuse to vaccinate their children.
The authors state that these stories, which emphasize widespread vaccine hesitancy, contradict the facts and can have long-term repercussions. They cite data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics to support their argument, showing that the vast majority of parents in the United States continue to follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their children.
Despite media portrayals of rising vaccine resistance, recent studies have indicated high levels of trust in childhood vaccines, as well as consistent vaccination rates among young children, even during the pandemic. The authors emphasize the importance of normalizing and promoting the value of vaccinations, underscoring the role of healthcare providers in effectively communicating the benefits of immunization to parents.
They also highlight the need for collaborative efforts between academic experts, community leaders, policymakers, public health professionals, and parents to combat vaccine hesitancy among certain populations and strengthen public trust in vaccines.
Anschutz Medical Campus der University of Colorado
Higgins, DM, & O'Leary, ST (2024). Die Risiken einer Normalisierung der Impfskepsis der Eltern. Das New England Journal of Medicine. doi.org/10.1056/nejmp2313742.