Vaccine Hesitancy: Understanding Parents’ Concerns and the Impact of Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric

Join us on Wednesday February 29, 2012

11:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern


There are a variety of reasons that influence a parent’s choice to immunize, delay or refuse vaccination and it is not as simple as ‘ for or against’. As health communicators we need to understand the range of concerns and how to adapt our communications appropriately.

Join us next Wednesday, February 29 for a lively discussion about the issues and concerns among parents who choose to delay or not vaccinate their children, how to strengthen confidence between parents and providers and encourage a positive dialogue about the value and importance of immunization in protecting the individual and the community.

Objectives for this one hour webinar:

  • Recognize three factors that influence a parent’s decision to delay or skip vaccines
  • Describe two strategies health professionals can employ to reassure vaccine hesitant parents
  • Identify three resources that can enhance state or local media and advocacy campaigns


Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH is the director of education for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. He is professor in the Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Steven P. Novella, MD, Clinical Neurologist, Assistant Professor and Director of General Neurology at Yale University School of Medicine. President and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society and host of that organization’s podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe.
Amy A. Pisani, MS, Executive Director, is a leading authority in pediatric health advocacy. As the executive director of Every Child By Two (ECBT), Amy has played an integral part in setting standards for childhood immunization in America today.

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