Four out of 10 parents say they are more or less likely to move their child to another provider if their doctor sees families refusing all childhood vaccines, according to a new national survey.
Most American children receive recommended vaccines that protect them against dangerous diseases like measles and cough.
But doctors sometimes care for children whose parents refuse vaccines against the recommendations of service providers. And this is not news that many parents of vaccinated children want to hear, suggests the National Survey of Child Health at the University of Michigan at SJ. Mott, at the University of Michigan.
Three out of 10 parents surveyed say their child's primary care office should ask parents who refuse all vaccines to find another provider.
"Pediatricians tend to keep children healthy through regular child care and this includes encouraging families to follow vaccine recommendations for vaccinations. When a family refuses to vaccinate them in childhood, it puts the providers in a challenging position, ”says Ancki co-director of survey Sarah Clark, MOC
"A completely unvaccinated child is protected from harmful and infectious diseases such as measles, pertussis and chickenpox. Children who skip vaccines also pose a risk of transmitting diseases to other patients. , including young infants receiving vaccines, elderly patients, patients with weakened immune systems or pregnant women. "
The report is based on responses from 2,032 parents to at least one child 18 or under.
According to the survey, many parents are unaware of their child's primary care office policies regarding unvaccinated children.
Thirty-nine percent of parents say their provider has a policy that requires children to receive all recommended vaccines, and 8% say children are required to receive vaccines. Another 15% of parents say their child's primary care office has no vaccination policy, while 38% do not know if it exists.
Only 6% of parents say their child's primary care office does not allow unvaccinated children to use the same waiting area as other patients, while 2% say the office allows unvaccinated children to use the waiting room if they carry mask. Twenty-four percent of parents say their child's primary care office allows unvaccinated children to use the same waiting area as other patients without restrictions.
Parents are also divided on what these policies should be and whether parents should be informed that there are children in practice whose parents have refused all vaccinations.
Seventeen percent said a fully unvaccinated child should not use the waiting room, and 27% said unvaccinated children should wear masks in the waiting room to protect the most vulnerable patients. The remaining 28% of parents say that the primary care office should enable the unvaccinated child to continue to care without restrictions.
About 4 out of 10 parents (43%) say they would like to know if there are other children in their child's primary care office whose parents have refused all vaccines, while 33% say they would not want to know. If there were other children in the office whose parents refused all vaccines, 12% of parents said they were very likely, and 29% somewhat likely to transfer their child to a different health care provider.
Usually, says Clark, child health care providers will have more discussion with parents to explain the importance of childhood vaccinations and answer any questions parents have about possible side effects.
"Providers usually do their best to solve all the problems parents have about vaccine hesitation," says Clark. "In addition to explaining how vaccines protect a child's health, service providers can also share information about why a non-vaccinated child exposes other children and patients to dangerous health risks as well."
Most American children receive all vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccinations are often given in conjunction with visits to a good child with a primary care provider.
Barriers to meeting appointments or parents' awareness of recommended vaccines can cause children to experience delay in vaccination or miss vaccines. A less common situation – but an increase in recent years – is the parents' refusal of all vaccines for their child.
Clark says the recent outbreak of measles highlights the need for both parents and health care providers to consider policies on vaccinated children. The measles virus can live for several hours in an area where an infected person coughs or sneezes. However, people can spread the disease even before symptoms appear.
When parents bring a child with suspected measles to the waiting room at the doctor's office or in an emergency, Clark says, they can expose many other patients to the disease.
"Parents may assume that when they bring their child to the doctor, they are in an environment that will not expose their child to illnesses. Clark says. "When asked to think about it, most parents want the doctor's office to have a policy in place to limit the risk of unvaccinated children."
"Primary care providers should think carefully about whether to institute policies to prevent their patients from being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases and then communicate those policies to all patients in their practice," she adds.
"Every parent – and especially parents of newborns or immunocompromised children – should ask their child's primary care provider about policies about vaccinated children."
avkanîFour out of 10 parents say they are more or less likely to move their child to another provider if their doctor sees families who refuse all childhood vaccines. Credit: SF National Children's Hospital Survey Motto for Child Health at the University of Michigan.
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