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UAlbany: Free Webcast – Strengthening Vaccine Confidence in Pediatric Practice | Thursday, January 16

Dr.  Jesse Hackell, MD FAAP

Pediatrician, Pomona Pediatrics, A Division of Boston Children’s Health Physicians
Vice President, Chapter 3, New York State District, American Academy of Pediatrics
Pomona, New York

Vaccine hesitancy has led to decreased vaccination rates and increased incidence of vaccine preventable diseases across the world.  This increased threat to public health has led the World Health Organization to declare vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to public health worldwide.  Decreased MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination rates in certain areas of New York State also led to the largest measles outbreak the state has seen since the 1990’s. Research has shown that there is often a disconnect between the perception providers have about parent hesitancy and their actual level of concern. A strong provider recommendation and proper communication techniques can help close this gap. This webcast will review the safety and efficacy of vaccines and discuss common parent concerns regarding vaccines, as well as the importance of a strong provider recommendation and basic techniques to address parent concerns.

After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to discuss the key concepts of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine safety and efficacy, identify ways that providers can address parental concerns and hesitancies, and indicate the key components of a strong presumptive recommendation.

Target Audience: Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, community health workers and certified public health workers.