Incidence of measles is increasing in the US, largely due to transmission among growing unvaccinated communities. To elucidate predictors of parental decision to obtain measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for unvaccinated children during a measles outbreak, we surveyed families among a vaccine-hesitant Somali community in Minnesota. The survey assessed attitudes and beliefs about MMR vaccine, motivators for vaccinating, and intention to vaccinate future children on time. Among 300 families surveyed, 95% vaccinated their child with MMR due to fear of measles. The predominating parental concern about MMR vaccine (71%) was a fallacious presumed connection between vaccination and autism. Only 41% of parents intended to vaccinate future children on time with MMR; parents who received recommendations for MMR vaccination from multiple sources were more likely than other parents to intend to do so. These findings support the importance of diverse outreach efforts to increase vaccine coverage among undervaccinated communities.
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Authors would like to acknowledge Asli Ashkir, Hamdi Ali, and Ismahan Mohamed for their contributions in survey design, data collection and language interpretation. Additionally, Wendy Mills (Wendy Mills Medical Writing, LLC, Saint Paul, MN, USA) provided professional medical editing and developmental consultation for this article.
- Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine
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