Role of the nurse in addressing vaccine hesitancy and misinformation on social media
Evidence and practice    

Role of the nurse in addressing vaccine hesitancy and misinformation on social media

Maria Jones Nursing student, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England
Janet James Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To enhance your understanding of vaccine hesitancy and its determinants

  • To recognise the potential effects of negative and conflicting vaccination information on social media platforms

  • To consider strategies you could use to address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation on social media in your practice

Vaccine hesitancy, defined as the refusal or delay of acceptance of vaccines, is a threat to the elimination and/or eradication of vaccine-preventable diseases, and therefore has significant implications for global health. Negative and conflicting vaccination information on social media can lead to vaccine hesitancy, including among parents who need to decide whether to have their children vaccinated. This article discusses the dissemination and content of vaccination information on social media, and explores the effects this can have on vaccine hesitancy and uptake. It also outlines various strategies that nurses can use to address vaccine hesitancy and misinformation on social media.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11759

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Correspondence

jjames@bournemouth.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Jones M, James J (2021) Role of the nurse in addressing vaccine hesitancy and misinformation on social media. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11759

Published online: 04 October 2021

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