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ERIC Number: EJ808224
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Immunising Children in Primary Care in the UK--What Are the Concerns of Principal Immunisers?
Maconachie, Moira; Lewendon, Gill
Health Education Journal, v63 n1 p40-49 2004
Objective: To determine the levels of concern about risks associated with childhood immunisations among principal immunisers in general practice. Design: Self-administered postal questionnaire survey. Setting: South & West Devon Health Authority. Participants: Eighty-eight/102 general practices: 78 practice nurses, 7 general practitioners, 3 health visitors. Of these, 73 (83 per cent) were the principal immuniser for the general practice and comprise the study sample. Results: A third of the principal immunisers (34.2 per cent) were concerned about at least one of the immunisations given to children. Most of the concern reported focused on the measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations. Issues mentioned in the reasons given for concern included concerns about safety (risks, reactions and side effects), about parents, about adverse media and publicity, about research evidence, doubts about the need for the second MMR and personal experiences. Conclusion: The role of principal immunisers is crucial especially when many parents are undecided about immunisation when they attend a clinic. Addressing their concerns may contribute to improving overall confidence in the immunisation programme. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom