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Vaccine Ambassador Scheme

What is it?

The British Society for Immunology Vaccine Ambassador Scheme involves our members (vaccine experts) engaging with new and expectant parents on vaccines and immunity. Vaccine ambassadors will attend local nurseries, community groups, antenatal and postnatal classes etc and speak about vaccines. 

Meet our Pilot vaccine ambassadors here!

 

Background

Since the first vaccine was introduced by Edward Jenner in 1796, immunisations have saved millions of lives and are widely regarded as one of the most cost-effective health interventions established. However, many people have questions about vaccines and don't know where to go to get the best up-to-date information. In England, uptake of routine childhood immunisations has decreased for the 4th consecutive year (as of September 2017). This downward trend suggests that fewer people are getting their children vaccinated. While on average, immunisation rates are still relatively high in this country, regional variation with pockets of significantly low uptake is cause for great concern.

At the British Society for Immunology, one of our priorities is to ensure that the public benefits from the successes of immunology. One of the greatest immunological and medical achievements is comprehensive vaccination and the decrease in incidence of so many previously debilitating infectious diseases illustrates its enormous success. Nonetheless, vaccine hesitancy is a multifactorial issue and will require several approaches to address.

One such approach is through direct communication with vaccine hesitant individuals. We have learnt that new and expectant parents would value the opportunity to have an informed discussion with an expert on immunisations. Parents have told us that they often feel they don’t have time in a medical appointment to ask the questions they want to, they want to learn about immunity rather than simply being told what vaccines to get and that the environment and relationship with the person giving them information is a major factor that contributes to their views on vaccines.   

 

For BSI members:

If you are a BSI member interested in getting involved in our Vaccine Ambassador Scheme, please contact Jennie Evans for more information. 

Meet our Pilot vaccine ambassadors here!

 

For parent groups:

If you or a parent group that you are involved with would value reliable up-to-date information on vaccines and immunity, please contact Jennie Evans, for more information. 

  

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