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Vaccine Attitudes, Decisions Among Parents of Children With Kidney Disease

The importance of better education and strong vaccine recommendations for parents of children with chronic kidney disease or primary hypertension is evident in a results of a survey conducted in a large pediatric practice. “Two-thirds of parents of children with kidney disease or hypertension were unsure or unwilling to vaccinate their child against COVID-19,” the authors report. “Higher hesitancy toward routine childhood and influenza vaccination was associated with hesitancy toward COVID-19 vaccines.”

After the initial survey, parents of children with kidney disease or primary hypertension were interviewed. The Vaccine Hesitancy Scale was used to analyze parental attitudes toward general childhood and influenza vaccines.

Based on parental willingness to vaccinate their child against COVID-19, the results showed: “Of the participants, 207 parents completed the survey (39% of approached): 75 (36%) were willing, 80 (39%) unsure, and 52 (25%) unwilling to vaccinate their child against COVID-19. Hesitancy toward general childhood and influenza vaccines was highest among the unwilling group (P < 0.001). More highly educated parents were more likely to be willing to vaccinate their children, while Black race was associated with being more likely to be unwilling. Rushed COVID-19 vaccine development as well as fear of serious and unknown long-term side effects were themes that differed across the parental groups that were willing, unsure, or unwilling to vaccinate their children. Although doctors and health care teams are trusted sources of vaccine information, perceptions of benefit versus harm and experiences with doctors differed among these 3 groups. The need for additional information on COVID-19 vaccines was greatest among those unwilling or unsure about vaccinating.”

Source: American Journal of Kidney Diseases