oa South African Medical Journal - Communication regarding routine childhood vaccination - in practice - Cochrane corner

Volume 110 Number 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



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.

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