Changes in public attitudes and fears related to childhood vaccinations has led to reductions in overall vaccination rates. As a result our team was curious to find out how these changes have impacted privately funded vaccines.
In this quick poll among Canadian GPs results showed that 70% believe reductions in vaccination rates linked to parental fears, has resulted in recent outbreaks of childhood illness. Along with reductions in vaccination rates, parental fears also impact physician likelihood to discuss and recommend private vaccines for their patients. More than 4 out of 5 agree that they are less likely to discuss private vaccines if a patient has expressed hesitation to use publicly funded vaccines and 70% say that public fears have had a negative impact on physician recommendations of private vaccines overall.
While 87% of GPs agree that private childhood vaccines are an important part of preventative healthcare in children, on average they only discuss it with 47% of parents and caregivers. Even when these discussions do occur, they are initiated by parents or caregivers 40% of the time. While cost and coverage is often a barrier, 52% say parental fears of vaccinations in general as well as the number of vaccines children receive, act as a major barrier to discussing and recommending private vaccines.
Even where parental fears are not a barrier, lack of perceived need among parents and caregivers may be an issue as well. While GPs see value in private vaccines, 92% suggest that most patents or caregivers believe that if vaccines were important they would be publicly funded and 40% say lack of perceived need in general from parents/caregivers act as a major barrier to recommendations.