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ImmunizziAMO: A School-Based Field Trial to Teach New Generations the Importance of Vaccination through Games and to Fight Vaccine Hesitancy in Italy

ImmunizziAMO: A School-Based Field Trial to Teach New Generations the Importance of Vaccination through Games and to Fight Vaccine Hesitancy in Italy

Author: 
Giuseppe La Torre
Valeria D'Egidio
Cristina Sestili
Rosario Andrea Cocchiara
Sara Cianfanelli
Ornella Di Bella
Lorenza Lia
Barbara Dorelli
Vittoria Cammalleri
Insa Backhaus
Federica Pagano
Chiara Anguissola
Amelia Vitiello
Rita Carsetti
Alice Mannocci
Giochiamo Collaborative Group
Publication Date
Friday, June 5, 2020
Affiliation: 

Sapienza University of Rome (La Torre, D'Egidio, Sestili, Cocchiara, Cianfanelli, Di Bella, Lia, Dorelli, Cammalleri, Backhaus, Pagano, Mannocci, Giochiamo Collaborative Group); Explora il Museo dei Bambini di Roma (Anguissola); Comitato nazionale contro la meningite (Vitiello); Bambino Gesù Children Hospital (Carsetti)

"Ensuring education and knowledge dissemination about vaccines among the younger generations through school-based programs might be a good strategy to strengthen parental acceptance and shape the future vaccine acceptance behavior of people who will soon become parents and adults..."

In response to a 2017 measles outbreak in Italy, 10 vaccinations become mandatory by law for children between the ages of 0 and 16 years. A heated debate followed in civil society and politics, also triggered by the spreading of fake news about the lack of safety of the vaccines and a hypothetical link between vaccines and autism. As a result, a significant part of the general population started expressing concerns and negative attitudes toward vaccines. The aim of the project described in this article was to transmit knowledge and convey educational messages on the importance of vaccines, through the use of games, in elementary school children, their families, and teachers.

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Vaccines 2020, 8(2), 280; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8020280

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