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"Lay Epidemiology": An Important Factor in Danish Parents' Decision of Whether to Allow Their Child to Receive a BCG Vaccination. A Qualitative Exploration of Parental Perspective

"Lay Epidemiology": An Important Factor in Danish Parents' Decision of Whether to Allow Their Child to Receive a BCG Vaccination. A Qualitative Exploration of Parental Perspective

Author: 
Gitte Thybo Pihl
Helle Johannessen
Jette Ammentorp
Jane Schmidt Jensen
Poul-Erik Kofoed
Publication Date
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Affiliation: 

Lillebaelt Hospital (Pihl, Ammentorp, Jensen, Kofoed); University of Southern Denmark (Pihl, Johannessen, Ammentorp, Kofoed)

"[I]t important to recognize both the respectful dialogue about the value element and the need for correction to the empirical element of 'lay epidemiology' when parents ask for help from a health professional in making decisions about vaccination."

The Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) was removed from the Danish vaccination programme 30 years ago due to the low prevalence of tuberculosis in Denmark. The Danish Calmette Study is exploring whether there is evidence of positive non-specific effects of BCG immunisation; however, it might be difficult to implement the BCG vaccine if parents are reluctant. Therefore, before initiating the clinical trial, these researchers investigated how parents may make the decision of whether to allow their child to receive a BCG vaccination at birth.

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Source: 

BMC Pediatrics. 2017; 17: 194. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186%2Fs12887-017-0944-3. Image credit: Shutterstock

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