JAVMA New digest

Vaccine hesitancy

Dr. Sarah J. Wooten, a small animal veterinarian from Greeley, Colorado, has had first-hand experience with clients who are concerned about vaccinations but says listening to their concerns without judgment may be beneficial.

“People are afraid of what the vaccines may do to their pets,” she said. “The intentions of people that don't want to vaccinate are pure. They just want their pets to be healthy, and they're afraid.” Dr. Wooten retired from clinical practice and is now a public speaker and author.

In recent years, human medicine has faced a growing number of individuals who reject mainstream