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Interview 35 - Immunisation

Brief Outline: At time of interview' married, one daughter, aged 15 months. Parent's occupation' Mother- Doctor, Father- Software manager. Ethnic background' Latin American (Mother), Father
Background: For all immunisations' Her medical training and her experience of growing up in a third world country helped her to make decisions about her daughter's immunisations.

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Believes that when you want expert advice you should talk to the professionals who have spent years training and are qualified to give you guidance.

Believes that when you want expert advice you should talk to the professionals who have spent years training and are qualified to give you guidance.

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So I think it is very, very, very important here and everywhere else to educate people, to inform them. Not misinform them, which is what the media usually does. If you buy a tabloid, they just care about selling papers, and the best way to sell them is to shout horrible stories, you know, and, and pick the one in a million case where something went wrong, instead of stressing that the other 999,999 actually didn't have any problems and were protected, yes. The media are always using sensation to sell. But on the other hand you are the parent, you have your child to look after and you want the best for your child. You shouldn't listen to sources of information which are not the right ones. And I think if, if we don't know much about something, we should go and ask the right people. There's always your GP, your health care or a nurse that can give you the information you require, can actually, not just tell it to you but give you access to documentation, where you can make your mind up by yourself without just listening to it on TV or on tabloids. So I think it's very important to educate people the right way, to give them the proper information.
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