Received from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program (ALB, ESH), Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (LD, EDS), Department of Medicine (LD), Department of Pediatrics (EDS), the Children's Clinical Research Center (EDS), Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program (ESH), Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.
Reasons Physicians Accepted or Declined Smallpox Vaccine, February Through April, 2003
Article first published online: 28 JAN 2004
Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 85–89, January 2004
How to Cite
Benin, A. L., Dembry, L., Shapiro, E. D. and Holmboe, E. S. (2004), Reasons Physicians Accepted or Declined Smallpox Vaccine, February Through April, 2003. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 19: 85–89. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1497.2004.36005.x
- Issue published online: 28 JAN 2004
- Article first published online: 28 JAN 2004
- smallpox vaccine;
From February to April 2003, we performed an e-mail-based survey to assess responses of physicians at Yale University to being offered smallpox vaccine. Of 58 respondents, 3 (5%) had been or intended to be vaccinated. Reasons cited for declining vaccination included: belief that benefits did not outweigh risks (55%), belief that the vaccination program was unnecessary (18%), desire to wait and see what side effects occurred in vaccinees (11%), and worries about compensation or liability (7%). Most (94%) considered risks to themselves, family, or patients in their decision. Only 3% thought a smallpox attack in the next 5 years was likely or very likely. Physicians did not accept the smallpox vaccine because they did not believe the potential benefits were sufficient.