Countering vaccine hesitancy through immunization information systems, a narrative review

Vincenza Gianfredi, Massimo Moretti, Pier Luigi Lopalco
2019 Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics  
Immunization is one of the most important public health interventions to contrast infectious disease; however, many people nowadays refuse vaccination. Vaccine hesitancy (VH) is due to several factors that influence the complex decision-making process. Information technology tools might play an important role in vaccination programs. In particular, immunization information systems (IISs) have the potential to improve performance of vaccination programs and to increase vaccine uptake. This
more » ... aimed to present IIS functionalities in order to counter VH. In detail, we analyzed the automatic reminder/recall system, the interoperability of the system, the decision support system, the web page interface and the possibility to record adverse events following immunization. IIS could concretely represent a valid instrument to increase vaccine confidence, especially trust in both health-care workers and decision makers. There are not enough trials aimed to evaluate the efficacy of IIS to counter VH. Further researches might focalize on this aspect.
doi:10.1080/21645515.2019.1599675 pmid:30932725 pmcid:PMC6930057 fatcat:t2rlrilll5djdkm2fb4d34iqzy