Cheffins T et al. Aust Fam Physician. 2011 Jun;40(6):437-9.

An Australian research group added questions about parental vaccination history into routine general practice visits for vaccinations of their infants and children under 4 years. Practice nurses undertook this role and recorded parents’ vaccination history for several vaccines. Then GPs recommended vaccines according to their national guidelines. As a result, 66% of parents were advised that they should be vaccinated.

Of these parents, 53% complied which led to a 33.9-68.9% improvement in vaccine coverage rates. The researchers concluded that during consultations for childhood vaccinations it is worthwhile for GPs to take a vaccination history from the parents and to recommend parental vaccination.