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Volume 43 - Number 1
January/February 2017

Impacting Parental Vaccine Decision-Making
Amy Zangger Eby

An increase in vaccine hesitancy is contributing to an increase of vaccine refusal and the use of an alternative vaccine schedule (AVS) in the United States. Increasing vaccine knowledge and correcting vaccine misinformation has the potential of shifting parental attitudes, decreasing vaccine hesitancy, and increasing parental intent to vaccinate. The aim was to examine the impact of a voice-over PowerPoint™ presentation on vaccine education and decision-making by vaccine-hesitant parents in a pediatric primary care clinic. A quasi-experimental study using the Parent Attitude about Childhood Vaccine (PACV) Survey was conducted in a suburban pediatric clinic to explore the impact of vaccine education on decision-making by vaccine-hesitant parents. PACV Survey scores were collected over three months. Surveyed parents reported they trust their healthcare provider. Unfortunately, although parents trust the information their medical providers give them on vaccine safety, they continue to be concerned about vaccine side effects. Mothers tended to provide more vaccine-hesitant scores than fathers related to safety and efficacy concerns. The utilization of the PACV Survey and voice-over PowerPoint presentation on vaccine education is an intervention that may be used in pediatric clinics to assist in vaccine education and identify vaccine-hesitant parents. The study contributes to the addition of evidence- based vaccine education.