Educate patients to boost vaccine uptake

National education programmes are required to ensure misperceptions about vaccination do not undermine public health, a UK study suggests.

Dr Elizabeth Dubois from Imperial College London and colleagues examined the success of the DoH’s 2002 blueprint for its vaccination strategy entitled ‘getting ahead of the curve’.

They concluded that poor education and a lack of clear information were leading to media and public misperceptions about vaccines.

‘A key focus for future policy must be education and a proactive approach to ensuring media and public misperceptions do not undermine public health,’ they said.

They said the health improvements of targeted immunisations needed to be highlighted, especially among disadvantaged communities.

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