Research Mentor Name

Dr. Elizabeth Secord, MD

Research Mentor Email Address

Institution / Department

The Horizons Project at Wayne Pediatrics

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Research Abstract

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Vaccine hesitancy among youth with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was evaluated to determine if the pandemic affected vaccine acceptance. A retrospective chart review was conducted to analyze vaccine rates over a five-year (pre-post COVID) in one university-based clinic. Results indicated a variation in acceptance rates between vaccines, with the MenACWY, MenB, tetanus, and HPV having the highest acceptance rates and COVID-19 and annual flu vaccine having the lowest acceptance rates. Vaccine hesitancy did not correlate with HIV treatment hesitancy nor with aversion to needles. Negative messaging around vaccines from a variety of sources appeared to be the primary factor in vaccine refusal.


Allergy and Immunology | Infectious Disease | Influenza Virus Vaccines | Medicine and Health Sciences | Pediatrics | Preventive Medicine | Public Health Education and Promotion


Thank you to Dr. Secord, Dr. McGrath, Annalise Bowen, and the Horizons Clinic for their help in undergoing this project.