Improving the uptake of the flu vaccination in Children in the Muslim Community

In November 2020, M·E·L Research were appointed to undertake qualitative research in the North West of England to explore reasons for comparatively low uptake of the children’s flu vaccine among parts of the Muslim population. England is already world leader in childhood vaccinations, with one of the most comprehensive programmes.


The uptake of the flu vaccine in children is lower in Lancashire and South Cumbria than other parts of the country. To help understand the barriers and potential solutions, NHS England and the NHS Improvement North West Public Health Commissioning Team commissioned M·E·L Research to conduct qualitative research with parents of the Muslim community.

We have now completed 30 telephone depth interviews and in the process of analysing the qualitative data and producing a written report. Our insight report will the commissioners in the first instance to help support changes to service delivery and thereby helping to reduce health inequality amongst this group.

This exciting project follows on from recent news that M·E·L Research has been appointed to Public Health England's research and evaluation suppliers framework. This is a reflection of our extensive track record of research into physical health and mental wellbeing. The work of our growing health research team supports strategic needs assessments, informs future commissioning and helps design and target innovative preventive interventions with the ambition to help public health teams locally and nationally improve health outcomes for communities.

If you would like any further information about our public health research capabilities, please contact Research Director Steve Handley: steve.handley@melresearch.co.uk