How best to approach the vaccine-hesitant parent

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It's never easy, Dr Jon Fogarty reflects.


The gorgeous Ava* presents at age six weeks with a rash and for a check-up.

Mum and Dad alternately hover and beam, and all is well until the GP asks if they have booked in for Ava’s first vaccination.

A brief silence follows, a flickering of exchanged glances and then the statement: “We won’t be vaccinating Ava. It’s not our thing.”

Few starts to a consult are more challenging for GPs. We are challenged by what many of us would see as the bloody-minded

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