July 2019

Drop Your Assumptions and Pick Up the Evidence: Strategies for Communication with Parents about Vaccines

Health and Well-Being

About this Independent Study

Expiration Date: This activity was originally released on July 10, 2019 and is available for continuing education credit until July 9, 2023. Reviewed/updated on January 21, 2020.

About this Course

Most parents in the U.S. vaccinate their children, but there is more work to be done to meet the Healthy People 2020 goals of 80 percent. Recent data suggest that vaccine hesitancy is a growing problem, specifically the number of parents who are opting children out of required school entry immunizations for non-medical reasons. In Washington, around four percent of parents exempt their child.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and medical assistants.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • List three characteristics of vaccine-hesitant parents.
  • Describe the importance of provider-parent communication on parental vaccine decision-making.
  • Identify communication strategies that address the concerns of vaccine hesitant parents.

Continuing Education (CE)

Jointly provided by Cardea Services, WithinReach, and Spokane Regional Health District

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Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

Cardea Services is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this CE activity 1 contact hour will be awarded.

Successful completion of this continuing nursing education activity includes the following:

  • Attending the entire CE activity
  • Completing the online evaluation
  • Submitting an online CE request

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of Cardea, WithinReach and Spokane Regional Health District. Cardea is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cardea designates this enduring materials for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education for Medical Assistants (AAMA)

This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1 continuing education unit(s). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.


Funding is provided by Group Health Foundation.