CU med study: Parents grow more wary of vaccination safety

Aurora Sentinel

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:01 pm | Updated: 6:33 am, Sun May 1, 2011.

CU med study: Parents grow more wary of vaccination safety ADAM GOLDSTEIN, The Aurora Sentinel Aurora Sentinel | 

AURORA | A new study from researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine shows parents are becoming more and more concerned with the safety of vaccines for their children.

According to research data released by School of Medicine pediatrics professor Allison Kempe, a significant number of parents are refusing vaccinations from physicians. The study, titled “Prevalence of Parental Concerns about Childhood Vaccines: The Experience of Primary Care Physicians” appeared in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine earlier this month.

Specifically, the study showed that 79 percent of physicians report at least one vaccine refusal in a typical month. What’s more, 8 percent of the physicians in the study reported refusals for more than 10 percent of children; 89 percent reported requests from parents to stretch the administration of vaccines over a long period of time.

According to Kempe, the study shows that physicians should focus on education and awareness when it comes to educating parents about vaccines. Kempe, the 2011 winner of the Academic Pediatric Association Research award, said physicians should focus on a personal approach when discussing the risks and benefits of vaccines, including information about their own decisions to vaccinate their children.

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