- Even parents whose children receive an initial dose of influenza vaccine may hesitate to get a second in the same season.
- Many caregivers may have inaccurate beliefs about the influenza vaccine and the disease itself.
Why this matters
- Children ages 6 months to 8 years often need a second dose of influenza vaccine in a single season, but only about half actually get the second dose.
- This study uncovers some of the reasons caregivers who seem fine with a first dose refuse or hesitate about the second one.
- 93.8% of caregivers apparently just figured that 1 shot would do the trick.
- 11.7% had moderate-high hesitancy about vaccines anyway.
- 40.2% of caregivers thought the influenza was “just a bad cold.”
- 57% thought the shot would cause influenza.
- 68% thought that the influenza could not be fatal to children.
- 256 caregivers surveyed, 2017-2018; all had a child who had received a first influenza vaccine and needed a second dose in the same season.
- Funding: NIH.
- Conference presentation, and not peer-reviewed.