Vaccine Hesitancy Case Studies


Vaccine Hesitancy Case Studies

​Addressing vaccine hesitancy and refusal among families continues to be a significant challenge for many practicing physicians. Engaging and add​​ressing both persistent myths and thoughtful questions regarding safety and efficacy of vaccines in the context of a busy practice requires skills and resources. Below are training materials about vaccine safety communication. 

1. Online​​ Case Format 

The following cases are designed to present real-life scenarios of vaccine safety communication. Trainees are asked a series of questions and provided with immediate feedback for their responses. Most cases have video clips embedded to demonstrate effective vacc​​ine safety communication. (Videos provided by AAP California Chapter 4). Modules are available for Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Family Medicine. A pre- and post-test allow learners to evaluate their progress. 

The modules are prepared using Captivate. Progr​​​am administrators can track performance measures of the participants when linked to a learning management system. They can also update the modules as desired. To receive copies of the files or tailor them for your program, please contact the AAP Immunization Program

NOTES:  Please use FirefoxGoogle Chrome, or Safari to view these cases. Do not use Internet Explorer, or devices such as iPhones and iPads, since Apple products do not use Flash.  Apple computers should be able​​​ to play the files using Safari.  Also, browsers will no longer play the audio portion of these cases.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Pediatrics Case​​ Study 1: Isabella (6 months) - alternative schedule

​​​​Pediatrics Case Study 2: Madison (18 months) - autism, aluminum, natural immunity

Pediatrics Case Study 3: Apple (4 years) - selectively refusing

Pediatrics Case Study 4: Tatum (13 years) - concerns about HPV

Pediatrics Case Study 5: Julio (5 years) - chemotherapy for leukemia

Pediatrics Case Study 6: Nick (11 years) - HPV vaccine 

Adult Case Study 1: Aubrey (34 years) - "bad" travel vaccines​

Adult Case Study 2: Mary (20 years) - vaccines during pregnancy

Adult Case Study 3: Darian (35 years) - flu vaccine makes you sick

Adult Case Study 4: Ed (63 years) - Zoster is too new and vaccines aren't needed

Adult Case Study 5: Sara (43 years) - breast cancer/immunocompromised 

Credits: The cases were developed over a two-year period (Sept 2010- Sept 2011) through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, led by the AAP-CA Foundation in partnership with the California Academy of Family Physicians, University of California, San Diego, Stanford University and expert consultants based at University of California, Davis and Los Angeles Children's Hospital. 

2. Noon Lecture/Slide Deck 

Nearly 100 Power Point slides are provided for your selection including data, vaccine myths and more. Appropriate for noontime and other lecture formats. 

3. Small Group Discussion Guide 

Ideal for continuity clinics or other small group settings, this guide offers a case-based discussion approach to teaching residents vaccine communication skills. ​​


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