Table 2

Illustrative quotes—knowledge of, and attitudes to, MenB disease and vaccination

1 Q. So what do you know about meningitis?
I know that it can cause fatality, it’s very important to be identified quickly, and get the child medical help as, as soon as possible; and you usually associate it with the rash, like you know the clear glass you put on the, on the rash, it doesn’t go away.
Y004a (White British father, fully immunised children, individual interview)
2 How it can come on, it can progress, that, I mean I wouldn’t know that, so, and I wouldn’t know the symptoms of it either…. or if they did have it, you know, I wouldn’t know what would be worrying or what; I mean, you know, kids get fevers and they get, you know, ear infections, chest infections, things like that, but I wouldn’t know what would mean it’s this, how would you know it’s definitely this?
Y008a (White British mother, fully immunised children, individual interview)
3 It’s gonna need more information, I think, because it’s a new vaccine, everyone’s gonna be wary of it, it’s not an old vaccine that’s been around for years already, and I think for a new vaccine they’re gonna need to put more information than that on it, personally, because obviously everyone’s gonna be wary of it.
L007g (Asian British mother, non-immunised children, group interview)
4 Q: So you hadn’t heard of it in your role as a GP?
No. No, I hadn’t heard of it, and, and it does tend to be at the point of implementation that we, we tend to hear…cos there’s so much, so much going on I suppose all the time.
Y009a (White British mother, fully immunised children, individual interview)