Parents’ and informal caregivers’ views and experiences of communication about routine childhood vaccination: a synthesis of qualitative evidence

Ames HMR, Glenton C, Lewin S. Parents’ and informal caregivers’ views and experiences of communication about routine childhood vaccination: a synthesis of qualitative evidence. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2017, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD011787. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD011787.pub2.

This review of 38 studies, mainly from high-income countries, finds that parents want more information about childhood vaccinations, including for example balanced information on benefits and risks, given before the vaccination appointment and not during.

Parental attitudes to vaccination in young children

Infographic explaining some findings from the Attitudinal survey of parental attitudes to childhood vaccination

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Three examples of findings within the attitudinal survey report that indicate the importance of health care professionals in the national immunisation programme and the seriousness with which parents view some infectious diseases.

Childhood flu programme: information for practitioners

The Department of Health has updated its guidance document The National Childhood Flu Immunisation Programme 2016/17 Information for healthcare practitioners

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The document includes information on:

  • what flu is
  • the flu vaccine
  • dosage
  • administering the vaccine
  • advice on vaccinating children with an egg allergy
  • further resources

Reduction in cases of meningitis and septicaemia in UK infants

Public Health England vaccination data has revealed that the number of cases of meningitis and septicaemia caused by meningococcal group B (MenB) infection in eligible infants, has nearly halved over the last year after a new vaccine against the disease was introduced. The high uptake of the vaccine, called Bexsero, is considered to be key to the success of the programme.