“Are there any diseases you are worried about Linn getting?”
“Is there something that might make you reconsider vaccinating Maya in future?”
“Would you consider vaccinating Stefan if there’s an outbreak in our community or you’re planning travel?”
“When do you think Ariel will be old enough to be vaccinated?”
“Infectious disease can be mild, but I have also seen children who are very ill with them. Can I tell you about my experiences treating children who were admitted to hospital with an infectious disease.”
Some parents think about vaccination again when the risk of infection changes, such as when they plan to travel, or there’s an outbreak, or just when their child is a bit older. Some parents believe that vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) are always mild, self-limiting illnesses, or even that infectious diseases are beneficial. Hence, learning the parents’ views and potential concerns can help you more effectively lay out the options and collaborate on a plan.