What parents and adolescent boys want in school vaccination programs in the United States

Parth Shah, Annie Laurie McRee, Paul L. Reiter, Noel T. Brewer

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Purpose Schools are increasingly a part of vaccine provision, because of laws mandating provision of information by schools about vaccination, school entry requirements, and mass vaccination campaigns. We examined preferences for programmatic aspects of voluntary school mass vaccination programs (i.e., "vaccination days"). Methods We analyzed data from a national sample of United States parents of adolescent males ages 11-19 years (n = 308) and their sons (n = 216), who completed an online survey in November 2011. Results Sons believed that adolescents should be able to get vaccinated without parental consent at a younger age than parents did (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-427
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014

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Funding Information:
This study was supported in part by a research grant from the Investigator-Initiated Studies Program of Merck Sharp and Dohme Corp. Additional support was provided by the National Institutes of Health (Grant P30CA016058 ), and an NRSA in Primary Medical Care at the University of Minnesota (Grant T32HP22239 ). N.T.B. has also received grants and/or honoraria from Merck Sharp and Dohme and from GlaxoSmithKline .


  • Adolescent health
  • Immunizations
  • Mass vaccination
  • School health
  • School vaccination programs
  • School-located vaccination

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.


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