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Factors influencing parents’ views and practices around routine childhood vaccines: implementation considerations

A Cochrane Review of qualitative research explored factors influencing parent’s views and practices around child vaccines. The review analysed 27 qualitative studies from Africa, the Americas, South-East Asia, Europe, and the Western Pacific and included urban and rural settings, as well as high- middle- and low-income settings.

Childhood vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent serious illnesses and deaths in children. However, many children do not receive all recommended vaccinations. A better understanding of what influences parents’ views and practices around childhood vaccination can help us plan and implement strategies to promote vaccination.

We have summarised the key messages of the review into a PDF that may help implementation agencies, ministries of health, programme managers, healthcare facilities and other stakeholders to plan, implement, or manage childhood vaccination programmes. This summary is also available in Spanish.

A commentary from the authors is also available.

Updated 18 November 2021