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A profiling exercise of childhood immunisation services in Edinburgh: A qualitative report.

Kennedy, Catriona; McIntosh, Patricia; Hogg, Rhona; Gray Brunton, Carol; Christie, Jane A


Catriona Kennedy

Patricia McIntosh

Rhona Hogg

Jane A Christie


Childhood immunisation is a complex area in the research literature with a number of contributing influences. Within Edinburgh Community Health Partnership (CHP), recent figures indicated that there was great geographical variety for immunisations and uptake rates. While initial primary immunisations were high, uptake of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) did not always meet expected targets (e.g. Health Protection Newsletter, April, 2008).

- To review the current literature on childhood immunisations.
- To explore the views and experiences of relevant stakeholders (parents, health staff and key management) for current childhood immunisation services across Edinburgh.
- To identify potential facilitators and barriers towards childhood immunisations that may affect uptake rates.

- Lay beliefs about immunisation could be addressed
- Communication and rapport for immunisation is important
- There is conflict between public health issues versus the financial model in current services
- Increased parental choice about immunisation services delivery is needed
- Developing confidence and skills in health staff is necessary for the delivery of childhood immunisations after informed consent
- Greater public health campaigns are needed concerning the value of vaccinations
- Greater support was requested by health staff for complex schedules
- Government policies and vaccine shortages were held to be unsatisfactory amongst health staff
- From a local Edinburgh context, this work has wider relevance for the national immunisation campaigns.

Report Type Project Report
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2009
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2009
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Childhood immunisation; Immunisation services; Literature review; Service survey; Edinburgh area; Recommendations;
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Contract Date Jul 3, 2009


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