Promoting influenza vaccine for children


Edwards, A; Bedford, H; Campbell, H; Letley, L; Paterson, P; Pebody, R; Saliba, V; Yarwood, J; Yates, J; (2017) Promoting influenza vaccine for children. Practice Nursing, 28 (10). pp. 413-418. DOI: https://doi.org/10.12968/pnur.2017.28.10.413

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Abstract

This autumn influenza vaccine will again be offered to all 2- and 3-year-olds in general practice. In addition, all children in clinical risk groups aged 6 months and above should be offered the vaccine. Children in primary school years from reception class to year 4 will also be offered the vaccine as part of the on-going extension of influenza vaccination to healthy children. Since the start of the paediatric programme, transmission of influenza has reduced across all age groups in those parts of the country vaccinating all children of primary school age. Children under 5 years of age have the highest rate of hospital admissions for influenza. However, many parents do not think that influenza is a serious illness and it is the vaccine they are most likely to decline. Health professionals are the most trusted source of advice and information about vaccination, so staff in general practice have a crucial role to play in recommending this vaccine to parents. Health professionals are the most trusted source of advice and information about vaccination, so practice nurses have a crucial role to play in recommending the influenza vaccine to parents and increasing uptake

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Influenza, Vaccine, Health professional, General practice
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4645432

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