You have been in practice long enough to have seen the positive benefits of vaccines in reducing the risks of congenital rubella, meningococcal meningitis, epiglottitis, whooping cough, and a host of other serious illnesses that were more common early in your training. In fact, you are so thankful for the immunity imparted by these vaccines that you are quite puzzled when parents are hesitant to have their children vaccinated. Yet, you feel it is important to listen to the parents’ concerns and determine how to advise them.
How would you handle this case?
From the time the first vaccines were licensed in the U.S. in 1914–1915 (for tetanus toxoid, rabies, and typhoid), there has been a steady expansion in the research and development of additional and improved vaccines, including the latest 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in 2014.
Public health initiatives over the past century have responded to outbreaks of serious diseases that have been tamed or eradicated through the use of vaccinations. The outcomes have been so successful that the federal government, through the CDC, has developed recommended immunization schedules, which are periodically updated based on new research findings. While the federal government does not mandate immunization regulations, each state has its own mandates and exemptions, which vary widely across the country. In most states, the immunization requirements are mandated through public school attendance requirements; some private schools do not require proof of vaccination status. | ← Previous | | | Next → | Single Page