Awareness Is Not Enough: The Need to Increase Meningococcal Vaccine Uptake

ArticleinClinical Pediatrics 52(5) · March 2013with15 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.15 · DOI: 10.1177/0009922813481847 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    Objective:
    Adolescent meningococcal vaccine uptake remains low. We examined vaccine awareness among parents of adolescents and uptake.

    Methods:
    Parents of adolescents aged 11 to 17 years (n = 1281) participated in a statewide survey. Logistic regression with weighted data provided population-based estimates.

    Results:
    In all, 65% had heard of meningococcal vaccine; parents more likely to report awareness had adolescents aged 16 to 17 years, in private school, or with health insurance. In total, 44% of aware parents reported vaccination; vaccinated teens were more likely to be black (odds ratio [OR] = 2.17), had a preventive checkup within 12 months (OR = 3.03), or resided with another child ≤18 years (OR = 1.83). Many parents of unvaccinated adolescents (38.5%) did not plan to vaccinate them within 12 months. The most common reasons for not vaccinating were providers not recommending it and believing adolescents did not need it.

    Conclusion:
    Many parents aware of meningococcal vaccine did not vaccinate their adolescents. Interventions that include increasing provider recommendation and annual visits may increase uptake.

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