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Many Parents Who Decline Fluoride Treatments Skip Shots, Too
July 9, 2014

By Nancy Volkers
InteliHealth News Service

INTELIHEALTH -- Parents and other caregivers who refuse fluoride treatments for their children are also more likely not to get shots for their children, a study has found.

A researcher from the University of Washington, Seattle, did the study. He surveyed 1,024 caregivers. They took care of children who were being seen at 3 dental clinics in Washington state.

About 27% said they refused vaccines for their children. According to dental records, 5% refused fluoride treatments. When asked, 13% said they would refuse fluoride treatments, or had refused them in the past.

Caregivers who refused vaccines for their children were 60% more likely to also refuse fluoride treatment (according to dental records). Caregivers under age 35 were more likely to refuse both vaccines and fluoride treatments.

The authors suggest that some groups of caregivers may be more likely to refuse preventive care for children.

The study appears in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health. It was published online in May.

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