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Groups Work to Boost Support for Vaccines

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2008;300(19):2233-2235. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.608.
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Concerned about public skepticism regarding the safety of childhood vaccines, a skepticism exacerbated by misinformation on the Internet and from other sources, members of the medical and public health communities are launching a coordinated effort to bolster public support of childhood immunizations.

The Immunization Alliance, an organization that includes the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases, the March of Dimes, and several other groups, issued a call to action in September urging policymakers, public health officials, physicians, and the public to join in an effort to boost confidence in childhood vaccines.

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Clinicians can help ease parents' concerns about the safety of childhood immunizations. An analysis of data from the National Immunization Survey found that about 40% of parents who had planned to delay or refuse vaccinations for their children changed their minds after talking with their child's clinician.

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