Jun 30, 2021 - Health

Teen myocarditis-vaccine link worries parents

How the (low) risk of potential heart problems in young people from the COVID-19 vaccine will impact parents' vaccine decisions
Data: KFF; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Some parents may be thinking twice about teen vaccines after the CDC concluded there's a "likely association" between heart inflammation and COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, particularly in adolescents, according to a new KFF survey.

Driving the news: Nearly 75% of parents said they've heard at least a little about the link between vaccines and heart inflammation.

  • About 40% of parents said they were very concerned or somewhat concerned about the link.
  • And nearly half of the concerned parents said they would definitely not get their teen vaccinated or would only get them vaccinated if required.
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