A picture speaks a thousand words: Evaluation of a pictorial post-vaccination care resource in Australia

Hammad Ali*, Holly Seale, Kirsten Ward, Nicholas Zwar

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Evaluating the 'Common Reactions to Vaccination' post-vaccination care resource was seen as an opportunity to contribute to the limited literature base in this important area, learn from the strengths and weaknesses of the resource and gain insight into post-vaccination care practices. Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 12 general practitioners and 29 practice nurses in New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory, Australia. Structured interview guides were used and data was analysed thematically. A self-administered survey was also distributed to parents or guardians during routine childhood vaccination visits. When compared with previous resources, participants felt the new resource was more appropriate as it had a simple layout; it was colourful, incorporated pictures and had basic and practical information. Information about post-vaccination care and common reactions to vaccination must be provided in written form accompanied by a verbal reinforcement so that patients can revisit the information at a later stage if required. The 'Common Reactions to Vaccination' post-vaccination care resource provides comprehensive information in an easy-to-understand pictorial way and was appreciated by both vaccination providers and patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-251
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


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