May 4, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich – Childhood vaccination represents one of the most successful public health interventions ever, yet it faces multiple challenges that threaten its success, according to Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P. of the University of Michigan and Samir S. Shah, M.D., M.S.C.E. of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the May issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
- A social marketing strategy may be useful in battling negative public perceptions about vaccines*
- Pediatricians could play a greater role in immunizing adults who have contact with young children
- In times of vaccine shortages, pediatric practices with systems to track high-risk children may help ensure they receive needed immunizations first
- Accelerating the dosing schedules of some vaccines appears to increase immunization rates and also may reduce disease burden**
- Strategies for introducing new vaccines—especially those with cultural sensitivities, such as the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine—should address community concerns through effective communication, appropriate delivery and targeted advocacy
- Although progress has been made in addressing disparities in vaccine-preventable diseases among American Indian and Alaskan Native children, sustained routine vaccination will be necessary to maintain that progress
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Comment from Leslie
This this is interesting….”improving the uptake of currently available vaccines.” Well, if I understand correctly – new strategies will be enacted to make sure the vaccine dissenters will get their shots. I called it coercion yesterday – in regards to an article that appeared out of Cumbria. Two articles in two days with the same message.
*Social Marketing strategy to battle negative perceptions about vaccines? How about just providing safe vaccines that do not cause brain damage. That is what the people want – you would not have to have a “marketing strategy” to get the people to comply. Put those dollars into creating vaccines that do not damage the population.
**Accelerating the doses of vaccines? We have already proved that the administration of more than one vaccine at a time is a serious health risk since the EPA standards for heavy metals are violated.