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Survey: 26% of parents hesitant about influenza vaccine

Key clinical point: It may be important to communicate the effectiveness of influenza vaccines in reducing severity and morbidity from influenza, even during years when the vaccine has relatively low efficacy.

Major finding: About 6% of parents in the United States are hesitant about routine childhood vaccination, whereas 26% are hesitant about yearly influenza vaccination.

Study details: A survey of more than 2,000 parents in February 2019.

Disclosures: The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health. Two study authors disclosed financial ties to Sanofi Pasteur, with one also disclosing financial ties to Merck, for work related to vaccinations. The remaining investigators had no relevant financial disclosures.


Kempe A et al. Pediatrics. 2020 Jun 15. doi: 10.1542/peds.2019-3852.