By Amy Norton
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14, 2020 (HealthDay News) — When parents have concerns about the safety of childhood vaccinations, it can be tough to change their minds, as a new study shows.
The study involved “vaccine-hesitant” parents — a group distinct from the staunch “anti-vaxxer” crowd. They have worries about one or more routine vaccines, and question whether the benefits for their child are worthwhile.
Even though those parents are not “adamantly” opposed to vaccinations, it can still be hard for pediatricians to allay their concerns, said Jason Glanz, lead researcher on the study.
So Glanz and his colleagues looked at whether giving parents more information — online material “tailored” to their specific concerns — might help.
It didn’t. Parents who received the information were no more likely to have their babies up to date on vaccinations than other parents were, the study found.