Home-based Settings

Home-based settings are good places to bring together family members to talk about immunizations. Some high-risk populations may be easier to reach through door-to-door campaigns or home-based case management.  Internet-based education tools also allow families to think about and discuss immunizations at home. Immunization interventions in home-based settings can require a lot of time and resources to reach as many people as possible.

Home-based interventions work best when used with interventions in other settings:

  • Community-based settings: families can be encouraged to advocate for legislation for immunization
  • School-based settings: schools can educate parents on how to protect their children by seeking immunizations
  • Worksite-based settings: worksites can provide flexible schedules so that people have time to take advantage of immunization opportunities for themselves and their families
  • Health care facility-based settings: health care providers can give tailored feedback to individuals and families on immunizations
  • Faith-based settings: faith-based organizations can provide outreach to families to improve education about and access to immunizations

Things to consider for home-based interventions:

  • In settings outside of the home, individuals may find it difficult to participate. For example, individuals may not have transportation, they may have schedule conflicts or they may not have childcare. Immunization interventions in the home can help overcome these challenges for individuals and families.
  • Immunization interventions in home-based settings are very helpful for individuals who are unable to be part of interventions in other settings, such as individuals with physical or mental disabilities or limited mobility.
  • Internet-based immunization interventions are more popular now, particularly for those living in rural areas or those who with disabilities or limited mobility. Yet, some individuals may not have access to computers or the Internet in their homes.
  • Internet-based decision tools are useful, interactive ways to inform individuals about immunizations without having to leave their homes.

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