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New Study Attempts to Retrain Doctors in Vaccine Education

Several previous studies have found that current methods of vaccine education are relatively ineffective in convincing parents to vaccinate their children, reports NPR. A new study, from the journal Pediatrics, tested new ways of training doctors to educate parents and found that vaccine hesitancy still remained in spite of the new methods. Doctors in the study participated in a 45-minute training session, received monthly emails and written supplementary materials geared towards improving communication with their patients in order to test if enhancing doctor’s communication skills could reduce parental vaccine hesitancy. In the study, nearly four hundred mothers with newborn infants were randomly selected to see doctors who had received the updated training or doctors who had not. While the training was determined ultimately ineffective, this study is an important step in the right direction towards better vaccine education and use.


Read the article published by NPR.

Read the study published by Pediatrics.