Exploration of Vaccination Attitudes Among Parents and Caregivers in a Rural Appalachian Health Clinic
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Radwa Martin: nurse practitioner
Natasha McClure: nurse educator, nurse practitioner
Karen Hande: nurse educator, nurse practitioner
At a rural Appalachian health clinic in Kentucky, 20% of patients under 18 years were not up to date with the CDC-recommended immunization schedule. Reasons parents or caregivers chose to delay or refuse their child’s immunizations were explored using the Caregiver Vaccination Attitude Scale. High levels of trust in the healthcare provider and self-reported vaccine knowledge highlight opportunities for rural healthcare providers to apply evidence-based communication strategies to address vaccine hesitancy and promote the safety and health of the entire community.
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Omar R, Hande K, McClure N. Notes from the Field: Exploration of vaccination attitudes among parents and caregivers in a rural Appalachian health clinic. J Appalach Health 2022;4(2):86–8. DOI: https://doi.org/10.13023/jah.0402.07.
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