Nurse home visits could boost childhood vaccination levels, survey suggests

Home visits by practice nurses could be a popular method of increasing uptake of routine childhood immunisation at a time when parents are reluctant to go to surgeries in person, a survey suggests.

A survey of parental attitudes towards childhood vaccinations, carried out by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), indicates the Covid-19 crisis has boosted vaccine confidence.

However, in contrast, it also found that fear of contracting coronavirus had caused a drop in the number of parents happy to take their children to their local GP practice for routine immunisations.

When questioned whether they would take their children to an alternative location for vaccination services, if they were available, the most popular alternative was a home visit by a nurse.

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