Vaccine advocates will be going online, talking about the importance of vaccines for the #DoctorsSpeakUp event on March 5th.
Getting more doctors to advocate for vaccines is great!
DoctorsSpeakUp About Vaccines
What are they going to be saying?
Who will they be talking to?
“Dr. Nicole Baldwin, a pediatrician who dared to support vaccination on TikTok, drew a coordinated attack from the antivaccine cult including death threats. Here’s why we all should be fighting back with her.”ZdoggMD
Hopefully they all understand that the point of speaking up about the importance of vaccines is not to try and change the minds of the most vocal vaccine deniers. Not that they should be fearful, but these are likely the type of folks who go on the attack, but won’t actually listen to anything they are saying.
It also doesn’t help much if they are just talking to folks who already understand that vaccines are safe, with few risks, and necessary.
When #DoctorsSpeakUp, we want to also talk to those who are on the fence about vaccines. And those who are simply vaccine hesitant because they heard or read something that scared them.
Where’s the best place to do that?
In our offices when these patients and parents come to see us, either to get vaccines for their children or to get their own vaccinations.
That’s especially important because we know that people are most likely to listen to and trust their own health care provider.
However, they are not all going to respond to the same one size fits all approach when we try and talk to them.
“Specific determinants of vaccine hesitancy need to be addressed using methods and types of interventions relevant to the issue and the context.”Let’s talk about hesitancy: enhancing confidence in vaccination and uptake
As #DoctorsSpeakUp, it would help if doctors become familiar with all of the different ways that we have learned to talk about vaccines and boost vaccine confidence, including:
- the three pillars of the Tailoring Immunization Programmes (TIP) approach
- the CASE method of talking about vaccines
- the SARAH approach to vaccine communication in primary care
- using motivational interviewing
They should also review all of the work that has already been published to help us boost vaccine confidence:
- Let’s talk about hesitancy: enhancing confidence in vaccination and uptake
- Let’s talk about protection: enhancing childhood vaccination uptake
- Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
- Talking about Vaccines: Responding to Concerns About Vaccines
- Challenging Cases: Vaccine Hesitancy
To really boost vaccine confidence and get more folks vaccinated, doctors and other healthcare providers need to learn how to be as effective as they can when they speak up as vaccine advocates.
More on Vaccine Advocates
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- Advocates Rallying for Vaccines
- Podcasts for Vaccine Advocates
- Anti-Vax Debate Techniques
- 100 Myths About Vaccines
- 10 Reasons You Aren’t Vaccinating Your Kids
- Ask 8 Questions Before You Skip a Vaccine
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- DoctorsSpeakUp About Vaccines (w/Dr. Todd Wolynn)
- Study – Vaccine Rejection and Hesitancy: A Review and Call to Action
- Talking about Vaccines : Responding to Parents
- WHO – Tailoring Immunization Programmes (TIP) An introductory overview
- WHO – Publications related to the TIP approach
- WHO – TIP projects
- WHO – Improving vaccination demand and addressing hesitancy
- CDC – Vaccine Conversations with Parents
- 3 ways physicians can improve the vaccine conversation
- ECDC – Catalogue of interventions addressing vaccine hesitancy
- Communicating Effectively About Vaccines: New Communication Resources for Health Officials
- Communicating with parents about vaccination: a framework for health professionals
- Motivational Interviewing
- Let’s Talk Vaccines: A Clinician’s Guide to Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy and Saving Lives
- UNICEF Trainers’ Facilitation Guide
- The Role of the Family Physician on Talking With Parents About Vaccines
- Sharing Knowledge About Immunization
- Don’t Hesitate: Talking to Your Vaccine-Hesitant Loved Ones with Compassion and Confidence
- How Providers Address Vaccine Hesitant Parents
- Dealing with vaccine hesitancy and refusal
- The Vaccine-Hesitant Parent How You Start the Conversation Matters
- Vaccine Acceptance