Vaccination concerns hampering US doctors

ONE in five primary care physicians in the United States is now battling parental concern over vaccination, typically requests to have vaccines ‘spaced out’ rather than administered simultaneously. 

Vaccine safety concerns and the time constraints of visits were hampering the ability of US doctors to deliver immunisation, researchers say.

In a survey, 90% of doctors reported at least one vaccine refusal per month, compared with a study five years earlier in which 60% reported at least one parental vaccine refusal in the previous year.

The number of recommended childhood vaccines had risen from 13–16 separate administrations to 20–28 over the time period, they said.

The new survey found 20% of primary care doctors reported that 10% or more of parents requested to spread out vaccines in a typical month.

However, an Australian expert doubts there is growing resistance to vaccination advice in Australia.