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Communication regarding routine childhood vaccination

S Cooper, R J Burnett, E Z Sambala, B M Schmidt, C S Wiysonge

Abstract


Vaccine hesitancy is an emerging problem in South Africa (SA), which threatens to erode the country’s immunisation achievements. Communication interventions may be an effective strategy for addressing vaccine hesitancy. We highlight a Cochrane review of qualitative evidence that explored parents’ views and experiences of communication regarding childhood vaccinations, and provide implications for practice that are relevant to the SA context. The findings suggest that healthcare providers (HCPs) play a central role in childhood vaccination attitudes and decision-making. Therefore, capacitating HCPs to promote vaccination with confidence is key to effective communication to address vaccine hesitancy in SA.


Authors' affiliations

S Cooper, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

R J Burnett, South African Vaccination and Immunisation Centre, Department of Virology, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, Pretoria, South Africa

E Z Sambala, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

B M Schmidt, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa

C S Wiysonge, Cochrane South Africa, South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Vaccination; Communication interventions; Cochrane qualitative evidence synthesis

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2020;110(1):5-6. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2019.v110i1.14356

Article History

Date submitted: 2019-12-12
Date published: 2019-12-12

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