Vaccinate: Despite growing resistance to the practice, the majority of parents in the United States of newborns and young children intend to vaccinate their children against influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), according to the first nationwide research of its sort. Furthermore, forty percent of parents plan to vaccinate their kids against COVID-19.
US Parents Plan To Vaccinate Their Children
Parents were questioned about whether they intended to vaccinate their children against RSV, influenza, and Covid-19, or the so-called “tripledemic” that health experts believe may strike this autumn and winter. Dr. Simon F. Haeder, an associate professor of health policy and administration at Texas A&M University School of Public Health, carried out the research. Additionally, Haeder carried out the first nationwide study on vaccination requirements for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. He discovered that the vast majority of Americans are in favor of them.
On September 27 and 28, 5,035 parents nationwide received an online survey created by Haeder. Respondents were questioned about several disease-specific topics that are frequently utilized in studies on vaccination reluctance. For instance, they were first asked to rate on a five-point scale if parents were worried about their child contracting the relevant disease. Haeder also took into account the growing politicization of vaccines. He did so by controlling the demographic variables such age, income, gender, race and ethnicity, and questioning about political preferences.
According to a statistical research, almost 40% of parents planned to vaccinate their kids against RSV, 63% against influenza, and 40% against COVID-19.
These results were “interestingly aligned with our survey of pet owners,” according to Haeder. In this instance, parents took the choice since their children had already received vaccinations, they trusted medical professionals, and they were worried about certain diseases. Those who disagreed claimed they didn’t know enough about the immunizations and had doubts about their necessity and safety.
Haeder stated that vaccination hesitancy or outright refusal was a growing concern even before COVID-19 and its vaccination emerged almost simultaneously in late 2019, mainly with regard to the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines.
“Vaccine hesitancy has a ripple effect that extends beyond the individuals involved, even though they may tragically become ill or even die from a preventable disease,” stated Haeder from the standpoint of public health. “Vulnerable populations, like the elderly, and marginalized communities, like the poor, are more likely to become ill due to low vaccination rates. The whole population must have high immunization rates in order to stop a disease outbreak.
Because school-age children are often healthier than other groups and see doctors for fewer preventive care, they are less likely to receive vaccinations without a mandate. This makes vaccine mandates for them particularly crucial in preventing the spread of disease.
“We now have a unique opportunity to prevent illness and death this autumn and winter with the newly developed antibody immunization against RSV, in addition to vaccines against influenza and Covid-19,” Haeder stated. The United States is expected to have an excessive amount of avoidable sickness from COVID-19, influenza, and RSV this autumn and winter. This is due to vaccination reluctance, the termination of COVID-19 financing, and the perception that the epidemic is over.