Gretchen LaSalle, MD, made this observation in an interview with Patient Care® while discussing "the state" of vaccine hesitancy in the US right now. She points out that vaccine hesitancy is certainly not a new phenomenon, born of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that in her practice as a family physician she has seen an increase in immunization reluctance over time.
But the pandemic has altered the tone of vaccine hesitancy, she says.
In the following interview, LaSalle, a family medicine speicalist and author of the recent book Let's Talk Vaccines: A Clinician's Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives, talks about the shift in vaccine sentiment.
Gretchen LaSalle, MD, is a family physician with the MultiCare health system in Spokane, WA, and clinical associate professor for the Washington State University, Elson S Floyd College of Medicine, also in Spokane. LaSalle is a speaker and an author, most recently of the book, Let's Talk Vaccines: A Clinician's Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives. She has served as clinical preceptor for the University of Washington MEDEX program and other training programs for physician assistants and nurse practioners.