Florence Nightingale Foundation scholar researches parents’ decision making processes for the nasal flu vaccine


Phoebe is a clinical research nurse in year two of her Masters in Public Health at Cardiff University. The title of the dissertation is “Parents’ decision making processes for the nasal flu vaccine”.

She is using a mixture of questionnaires and in-depth semi-structured interviews to collect her data, which will come from a varied group of parents in terms of social class, age, gender and vaccine beliefs. The parents all have children between the ages of two and 12.

From this research, Phoebe will explore what influences parents in deciding whether they accept or decline nasal flu vaccination for their child. She also aims to understand how parents construct their views on flu vaccination and what their views are on the approaching universal childhood flu programme. After analysing these areas she hopes to be in a position where she can make recommendations for information giving activities, with the aim to increase uptake in the vaccine.

Phoebe has now completed her questionnaires and commenced interviews in April 2014. Following this she will analyse the data and anticipates that the interviews will be complete by the end of June. We will keep you updated on her progress and her findings as this analysis takes place.

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