Pharmacist and patient

Strengthening Vaccine Confidence in Pediatric Practice

Originally presented on January 16, 2020

Jesse Hackell, MD FAAP

Pediatrician, Pomona Pediatrics, A Division of Boston Children’s Health Physicians
Vice President, Chapter 3, New York State District, American Academy of Pediatrics
Pomona, New York

Vaccine hesitancy has led to decreased vaccination rates and increased incidence of vaccine preventable diseases across the world.  This increased threat to public health has led the World Health Organization to declare vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to public health worldwide.  Decreased MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination rates in certain areas of New York State also led to the largest measles outbreak the state has seen since the 1990’s. Research has shown that there is often a disconnect between the perception providers have about parent hesitancy and their actual level of concern. A strong provider recommendation and proper communication techniques can help close this gap. This webcast will review the safety and efficacy of vaccines and discuss common parent concerns regarding vaccines, as well as the importance of a strong provider recommendation and basic techniques to address parent concerns.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will expand their knowledge and competence in recognizing common parent concerns regarding vaccines, the importance of a strong provider recommendation, and basic techniques to address parent concerns.

Learning Objectives
After viewing the webcast, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the key concepts of vaccine hesitancy and vaccine safety and efficacy;
  • Identify ways that providers can address parental concerns and hesitancies; and
  • Indicate the key components of a strong presumptive recommendation

Target Audience
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, community health workers and certified public health workers.

To Obtain Continuing Education Credits: 
Each participant interested in CE credits must complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation &, Post-test for CE Credits". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

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Conflict of Interest & Disclosure Statements

Planner Sarah Hershey, RN, BSN:
- Spouse owns stock in Bristol Myers Squibb

Speaker Jesse Hackell, MD, FAAP
- Is a stockholder in Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline and Merck
- Is on the Advisory Board of GlaxoSmithKline

None of the other planners, or content reviewers have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until January 31, 2023.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2023.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until January 31, 2023.