Incorporating Parent Preferences in Decision Making about Childhood Vaccines

Identifying parental preferences for childhood vaccinations


Parent concerns about the safety of childhood vaccines are a salient health care issue and an important area for enhancing informed health care decision making.  The most common parent concern is that children are receiving too many vaccines in one doctor’s visit.  National recommendations currently are set contrary to this concern, specifying simultaneous administration of all vaccines due at a visit.  Parent preferences could play an important role in national policy and clinical decisions about multiple vaccines, but data on well-informed preferences is lacking.

The long-term goal of this work is to help parent preferences become more fully incorporated in policy and clinical decisions about how childhood vaccines are administered. This project will describe the full range of preferences about administration of multiple vaccines, identify effective approaches to giving parents information, and measure well-informed preferences among a nationally representative sample.  The specific aims are to: (1) Create a lexicon of decision components and parent preferences relevant to simultaneous administration of multiple vaccines; and (2) Develop and field a survey to characterize national parent preferences about simultaneous administration of influenza and other vaccines.