A 6-month-old with vaccine-hesitant parents.

TitleA 6-month-old with vaccine-hesitant parents.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsOpel DJ, Feemster KA, Omer SB, Orenstein WA, Richter M, Lantos JD
Date Published2014 Mar
KeywordsHumans, Infant, Male, Parenting, Patient Education as Topic, Vaccination

Many primary care pediatricians find vaccine hesitancy to be one of the most frustrating situations that they face. Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children implicitly call into question an intervention that most pediatricians see as one of the safest and most effective health care interventions of all time. Many pediatricians respond by refusing to care for children whose parents refuse vaccines, and some may consider that the parent's refusal warrants referral to child protective services. We present a case in which a pediatrician faces this dilemma, with responses from pediatricians in academia and private practice.

Alternate JournalPediatrics
PubMed ID24515506