Tracking Parents’ Concerns about Childhood Vaccines

Tracking Parents’ Concerns about Childhood Vaccines

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, from 10:00  AM – 11:00  AM (Pacific Time)

Why do parents fail to seek vaccinations for their children? This question of vaccine acceptance is not new. In the 1950’s, with the number of polio cases surging and with a safe and effective vaccine available, some people still declined to be vaccinated or to have their children vaccinated. In response, the Public Health Service began research to understand why. In 1959 Irwin Rosenstock published the seminal paper in Public Health Reports titled “Why People Fail to Seek Poliomyelitis Vaccination” (Issue 74, Number 2). That paper described reasons why adults may have chosen not to vaccinate themselves or their children. His summary of reasons became the basis of a theory of human behavior known today as the Health Belief Model.

The purpose of this webcast is to return to Rosenstock’s question, “Why do parents fail to seek vaccinations for their children?” This presentation will use data from the 2009 National Immunization Survey to provide an answer to that question framed within the context of the celebrated Health Belief Model. We will also provide a modern-day validation of Rosenstock’s model by presenting an evaluation of the close association between vaccination coverage and responses to factors included in his model.

(View the full-text article in the July/August 2010 issue of Public Health Reports, please click here.)


Featured Author:
Philip Smith, PhD

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, Atlanta, GA

Guest Commentaries by:
Edgar Marcuse, MD, MPH
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA

Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH
Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, MO

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Making the Case for Vaccine Safety: A new Model for Talking with Parents about Vaccines

Alison Singer, our VIC Network guest speaker from September’s webinar teams up with the Nurse Training and Immunization Project (NurseTIP) to share information on the CASE model!

Thursday December 9th 2010, 12-1pm ET

NurseTIP presents a live webcast, “Making the CASE for Vaccine Safety: A New Model for Communicating with Parents,” scheduled for December 9, 2010 from noon-1:00 pm Eastern time. The speaker is Alison Singer, MBA, founder and president of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF). This program will focus on the science of autism and the latest research regarding autism. It will also address barriers to communication, the top parental concerns regarding vaccines, and how to address these concerns using the CASE method.

Sponsored by Center for Public Health Continuing Education, U Albany School of Public Health, Albany, NY

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World Pneumonia Day 2010- The Faces of Pneumonia

The Faces of Pneumonia: A conversation Moderated by Cokie Roberts

Friday, November 12th 201010:00am until 11:00am
Reception immediately following


Pneumonia is the #1 killer of children worldwide, claiming more than 1.5 million children every year – more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Most of these lives could be saved by increasing access to immunization and antibiotics.

As thousands take part in events around the world on the 2nd Annual World Pneumonia Day, you can join the conversation on pneumonia, learn about actions underway around the globe and what must be done to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.

The conversation includes:

  • How community health workers approach pneumonia prevention in a resource poor country
  • A parent on the value of vaccinesGlobal pneumonia prevention policy now and for the future
  • The media’s everyday role in communicating health information in the developing world
  • An update on the latest science and proven prevention intervention

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Experts Discuss Importance of Flu Vaccination for Pregnant Women

Second in a series of ‘Know What to Do About the Flu’ webcasts that will provide tips on staying healthy this flu season

Wednesday, October 13, 2010/ 1:00 p.m. EDT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host the latest in a series of Know What to Do About the Flu webcasts on Wednesday, October 13.  The webcast will focus on the importance of vaccination for pregnant women, including a discussion on vaccine safety and benefits to newborn children. Pregnant women who are infected with influenza virus are at increased risk for severe illness and adverse outcomes.  To prevent influenza infection, pregnant women are encouraged to get vaccinated.

Featured Speakers:

Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H, Assistant Secretary for Health, HHS

Denise Jamieson, M.D., M.P.H, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Laura Riley, M.D., Member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., March of Dimes

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Make It Your Business To Fight The Flu

A Webinar designed to discuss ways businesses and employers can work to promote the 2010-2011 seasonal flu vaccine. See the attached flyer for registration instructions and call in information.

Make It Your Business To Fight The Flu

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