Flu vaccination in children aged 2-3 years

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Healthwatch Bexley carried out research into the views of parents with children aged two to three years old, living in Bexley about their thoughts and knowledge concerning the children’s flu vaccine. The consultation period ran from 30th November 2020 to 8th January 2021. Over this period, Healthwatch Bexley had responses from 152 people about the vaccine through the survey they provided. The survey was designed to investigate the potential barriers for the uptake of the children’s flu vaccine in the borough.

Healthwatch Bexley found that there are opportunities to improve awareness, communication and better management of appointments, the responses from the survey showed that the vaccine uptake was quite good amongst parents of 2-3-year-olds. However, as this was a small group of residents it may not be reflective of the general population.

Healthwatch Bexley found that the methods used to contact parents about getting their child vaccinated were confusing. 93% of respondents were not aware that the children’s flu vaccine was in the form of a nasal spray. Over one-third of respondents said that knowing this has affected their decision about the vaccine. There appears to be little awareness of the fact that the vaccine is also available as an animal-free product if requested. 84% of respondents were not aware of this fact. Despite the current Covid-19 pandemic, the number of parents who said they would still be prepared to attend GP surgeries to get their child vaccinated against flu was high.

Healthwatch Bexley recommended that in the run-up to the next flu season, promotion of the annual vaccination programme needs to continue to increase awareness and act as a reminder to get young children vaccinated. Locally, the “Just the Flu” campaign needs to be publicised more by health visitors, nurseries, childminders and GP’s to promote how effective the vaccine is. Before the next flu campaign, the local authority needs to identify which advertising methods can best target parents, ensuring posters and leaflets are available through health visitors, toddler groups, nurseries and other care settings. Next year there should be improved communication to eligible parents about how they will be invited to have their child vaccinated.

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General details

Report title 
Flu vaccination in children aged 2-3 years
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bexley
Date of publication 
Sunday, 31 January, 2021
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 8 January, 2021
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 30 November, 2020
Key themes 
Cleanliness hygiene and infection control

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
18-24 years
25-64 years
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
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Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not applicable
Does the information include staff's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
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Implied Impact
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Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.