TABLE 4

Communication Highlights

Vaccines are safe and effective, and serious disease can occur if your child and family are not immunized.
Vaccine-hesitant individuals are a heterogeneous group, and their individual concerns should be respected and addressed.
Vaccine are tested thoroughly before licensure, and vaccine safety assessment networks exist to monitor vaccine safety after licensure.
Nonmedical vaccine exemptions increase rates of unvaccinated children.
Unvaccinated children put vaccinated children and medically exempt children who live in that same area at risk.
Pediatricians and other health care providers play a major role in educating parents about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Strong provider commitment to vaccination can influence hesitant or resistant parents.
Personalizing vaccine acceptance is often an effective approach.
The majority of parents accepted the provider’s vaccine recommendations when they were presented as required immunizations to maintain optimal disease prevention.
The current vaccine schedule is the only one recommended by the CDC and the AAP. Alternative schedules have not been evaluated.