SLC Webinar: Epidemiology of Vaccine Refusal, March 28

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 11 am Eastern (1 hour)


On Tuesday, March 28 at 11 am Eastern, the Scientific Liaison Coalition, of which the Teratology Society is a member, will present a one hour webinar on the Epidemiology of Vaccine Refusal

The speaker for the webinar is Saad B Omer, MBBS MPH PhD FIDSA, William H. Foege Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology & Pediatrics at Emory University, Schools of Public Health and Medicine and faculty member at the Emory Vaccine Center.

Abstract: Vaccines are among the most efficacious and cost-effective prevention tools. However, the success of an immunization program depends on high acceptance and coverage. There is evidence of an increase in vaccine refusal in the United States and of geographical clustering of vaccine refusers resulting in outbreaks. Children with exemptions from school immunization requirements (a measure of vaccine refusal) are at increased risk of measles and pertussis and can infect others who are too young to be vaccinated, cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, or were vaccinated but did not have a sufficient immunological response to the vaccine. Parents of children with non-medical exemptions to immunization requirements have been documented to have perceptions of lower susceptibility to and severity of vaccine preventable diseases and perceptions of lower safety and efficacy of vaccines compared to parents of vaccinated children. Moreover, compared to parents of vaccinated children, vaccine hesitant parents had less trust in the government and the health care system. There is a need for development of a robust evidence base of effective interventions for reducing vaccine hesitancy. Potential interventions include: effective provider-parent communication tools, rational administrative requirements for granting exemptions, and informed declination. Given the geographic clustering of refusers, theses interventions must be locally relevant.

Registration is required. This webinar is free and open to all members of the Teratology Society through our membership in the Scientific Liaison Coalition. A recording of the webinar will be made available on BDR Connection at a later date.

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