Communication and basic health counselling skills to tackle vaccine hesitancy

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The Italian law 119/2017 mandates ten childhood vaccinations to allow population aged 0-16 attend educational places and state school. This law enforcement is due to low coverage rates for some vaccine-preventable diseases and to a complex phenomenon known as vaccine hesitancy. Basic health counselling skills represent relevant resources to let healthcare workers effectively address vaccine hesitancy in the population. We indicated recommended communication approaches and basic health counselling skills to be applied by public health professionals according to the specific target population with vaccine deficit that means people not at all or partially reached by vaccinations. Public health professionals are called to know, acquire, use, and adapt basic health counselling skills to effectively address vaccine hesitancy diversely affecting different groups of population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-199
Number of pages5
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2019


  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence
  • Counseling/methods
  • Empathy
  • Health Communication
  • Health Personnel/psychology
  • Humans
  • Immunization Programs
  • Italy
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Vaccination/legislation & jurisprudence
  • Vaccination Refusal/psychology


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