understanding key when deciding to immunising tamariki
Māori who feel alienated or rushed are more likely to avoid routinely vaccinating their tamariki, an immunisation report by health boards in the Wellington region has found.
The report, commissioned by Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley health boards and obtained under the Official Information Act, has led to a raft of recommendations on how to improve childhood immunisation services, which cover vaccines against the likes of measles, rotavirus and chickenpox.
Broadly, participants shared how good or bad experiences in the healthcare system, particularly with racism, were major drivers when deciding whether to routinely immunise pēpē and tamariki. Several participants said they were put off if they felt hurried to make a decision.
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