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Grand Rounds: Vaccine Hesitancy


By David Karas, MD, FAAP , Pediatrician, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH


More about David Karas, MD, FAAP

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Explain the history of vaccine hesitancy. 2. Discuss common immunization misconceptions. 3. Explore ways to move families towards vaccine acceptance.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Childhood vaccinations have decreased and eliminated childhood diseases. However due to vaccine hesitancy and immunization misconceptions, there is still more work to be done to move families from vaccine hesitancy to acceptance.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


The following presenter has indicated that a financial relationship with an ineligible company: Merck David Karas, MD The following planning committee member has indicated that a financial relationship with an ineligible company: Merck Maria Victorio, MD This has been mitigated. The remaining planning committee/CME committee members have indicated that they have no financial relationships with any ineligible companies.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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