Parental Vaccination Decisions

Feb 17, 2019

Parental Vaccination Decisions

The focus of my postdoctoral fellowship in pediatrics at the Vaccine Evaluation Center was understanding what influences parental decisions about routine childhood vaccinations.

Projects I continue to work on in this area include:

  • A mixed-methods study to explore and document parent and health care provider attitudes about vaccinations and vaccine hesitancy in Canada;
  • A qualitative investigation with parents of school-aged children, who have changed their opinions about vaccination over time, to understand what influenced them;
  • A longitudinal study of new mothers, beginning in pregnancy and following their vaccine decisions over the first year of their children’s lives;
  • Studies of social media interventions aimed at shifting attitudes to be more favourable toward vaccines;
  • Analysis of policies aimed at modifying structural factors to encourage childhood vaccination; and
  • Research on barriers and facilitators to health care provider confidence recommending and providing vaccines in pregnancy.

This work dovetails with my previous and ongoing research on population health information interventions, public health ethics, youth and parent health information practices, reproductive health, and parenting in the digital age.

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