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Communicating with Patients for Ob-Gyns

A key barrier to vaccine acceptance is a lack of knowledge about the benefits and safety of vaccination. For pregnant, adolescent, and adult women, advice and information from a trusted health care provider plays an important role in the decision to get vaccinated. Studies consistently show that provider recommendation and offer is the strongest predictor of immunization. The entire office staff should be involved in reinforcing the positive message that vaccines are safe and effective.

Some patients might have received misinformation about immunizations and might not want to have a recommended vaccine. Parents and legal guardians might not want a minor in their care to receive vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ACOG have resources to assist health care workers in their discussions with patients about the benefits of vaccinations. Listening to a patients concern, addressing the concerns directly, and providing evidence-based resources will help the patient make an informed decision.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) published an article regarding, “Counseling Parents About Immunization: What’s the Most Effective Message”, (republished with permission from the AAPA).

Patients may have questions about vaccine safety. ACOG and CDC have resources to help health care workers address patient concerns regarding vaccine safety.

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CDC Resources:

Last Updated: 12/3/2013


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