Journal article

Is immunisation for children and young people in statutory care in Victoria "all too hard'? A qualitative study with health professionals

Katherine Thornton, Susan Webster, Meredith Temple-Smith

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2019

Abstract

This formative study aimed to identify health professionals' perspectives on vaccination issues among children in statutory out-of-home care in Victoria. Eight health professionals, drawn from a purposive Victorian sample known to be proactive in addressing the vaccination needs of children in out-of-home care, took part in semi-structured interviews. Questions addressed participants' views about roles and responsibilities, barriers and enabling factors affecting vaccination, and ideas about systems improvements. Interview transcripts were analysed thematically. The main themes that emerged were health professionals' observations about vaccine hesitancy among significant adults in the out-of..

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