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OBJECTIVE Vaccine safety concerns can diminish parents' willingness to vaccinate their children. The objective of this study was to characterize the current prevalence of parental vaccine refusal and specific vaccine safety concerns and to determine whether such concerns were more common in specific population groups. METHODS In January 2009, as part of a(More)
CONTEXT The source of health information can have an impact on the manner and frequency of its use. In the arena of vaccine safety, a variety of sources promulgate information from very different perspectives. The spectrum runs from traditional sources such as public health officials and physicians to nontraditional sources, such as celebrities. OBJECTIVE(More)
BACKGROUND State newborn screening (NBS) programs are considering the storage and use of NBS blood samples for research. However, no systematic assessment of parents' attitudes exists. METHODS We conducted an Internet-based survey of a nationally representative parent sample. We examined parents' willingness (1) to permit use of their children's NBS(More)
Structured interview (SI) assessments of global and component Type A behavior were conducted in a general population sample of 903 respondents. Correlations among all the measures were positive and significant. A factor analysis revealed that the common component variance was explained by a single underlying factor. Interrater reliabilities were(More)
OBJECTIVE Booster seat use among school-aged children has been consistently lower than national goals. In this study, we sought to explore associations between parental experiences with booster seats and carpooling. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional Web-based survey of a nationally representative panel of US parents in January 2010. As part of a(More)
Costs of completing the recommended immunization schedule have increased over the last decade. Access to prophylactic vaccines may become limited due to financing obstacles within current delivery systems. Vaccine prices reflect research and development expenses incurred by vaccine manufacturers, including costs associated with evaluating candidate vaccines(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore public opinion regarding insurance coverage for obesity treatment among severely obese adolescents. DESIGN AND METHODS The National Poll on Children's Health was fielded to a nationally representative sample of US adults, January 2011. Respondents (n = 2150) indicated whether insurance should cover specific weight management services(More)
Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, but many of these deaths and injuries are preventable with appropriate use of child passenger restraints. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children use rear-facing car seats until they are two years old; forward-facing car seats until they are(More)
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