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Closing the Immunization Gap

Kennedy, Leslie H. RN, MS, NP-C; Pruitt, Rosanne PhD, RN, FNP, BC; Smith, Kelly MS, FNP, BC; Garrell, Robin F. MD

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000393970.21436.8b

Current vaccination rates are falling with a new group of unimmunized children. Since some parents are unaware of the diseases and potential health threats, many are often influenced by the media and myths, choosing to delay or avoid vaccinations. NP providers must be prepared to confront these myths with facts to help parents make informed decisions. Vaccine-preventable diseases, popular myths, and evidence-based research findings are reviewed in this manuscript.

Leslie Kennedy is a staff RN in the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C. Rosanne Pruitt is a professor and director at the School of Nursing, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. Kelly Smith is a lecturer at Clemson University. Robin Garrell is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine, Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.