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Welcome to the Course!

Meet Alicia and Jemima, your course leaders, and listen to them introduce this course. Now we’d like to meet you! Please introduce yourself in the comments section below, including which …

Introduction

Over the next few steps, we’ll explain some common vaccine perceptions amongst people which could be particularly relevant when talking to people living in prison about vaccination. Vaccination can be …

Additional Resources

If you would like to learn more about vaccines, please follow the links in the file linked below. It can be difficult to find the right information on vaccination. We’ve …

Reactance

Reactance describes a person’s tendency to defend their freedom and autonomy when they feel that others are trying to impose their will on them, for example through health advice or …

Conspiracy Theories

Often, conspiracy theories can become more common when people fear that they may be losing control because of a certain events. Conspiracy theories exist to explain the facts of a …

Distrust

People’s general mistrust of authorities and those whom they perceive to be working for authorities is a common underlying feeling in vaccine hesitancy. This can include a general perception that …

Distorted Risk-Perception

People living in prison may view risk differently to many other people in the community. This means that they may see things as more or less dangerous, or threatening, than …

Ten Key Vaccine Facts

Below are ten key facts about vaccination which are key to bear in mind when talking about vaccination. Fact 1. Vaccination helps save lives. Smallpox was one of the most …

COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease which first appeared in 2019. It went on to spread throughout the world and cause a global pandemic which brought many countries to a halt as …

National Vaccination Schedules

Every country has a slightly different vaccination schedule, chosen by national experts and scientific advisors according to which diseases are more common in their countries and which vaccines they choose …

Influenza

Influenza, usually referred to as the flu, is a disease which is usually most widespread in the winter. It can range from a mild flu symptoms such as a cough, …

HPV

Human Papillomavirus, known as HPV, is a sexually transmitted infection which can have very severe complications, including cancer. Because it takes a long time to develop into cancer, and often …

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B infection can cause liver disease. Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with bodily fluids such as blood, and during unprotected sex. It is not a very common infection …

Why are vaccinations important in prison?

You may have noticed a significant overlap between the risk factors discussed in the previous two articles. This means that similar circumstances or conditions are present both before people enter …