In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Dr. Nora B. Henrikson, Ms. Melissa L. Anderson, Dr. John Dunn, and Dr. David C. Grossman at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and Dr. Douglas J. Opel and Dr. Edgar K. Marcuse at the University of Washington, Seattle conducted a longitudinal study to assess the trend in parental vaccine hesitancy during the first two years of their child’s life. They administered the validated Parental Attitudes About Childhood Vaccines (PACV) survey to a cohort of 237 mothers in Washington State to assess vaccine hesitancy at infant’s birth, age six months, and age 24 months. Their analysis suggests that hesitancy may remit over time as maternal confidence about safety and efficacy of vaccines increases.
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