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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 321-323

Why infants miss vaccination during routine immunization sessions? Study in a rural area of Anand district, Gujarat


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Pramukh Swami Medical College, Karamsad, Guajrat, India
2 SBKS Medical Institute and Research Centre, Pipariya, Gujarat, India

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Tushar A Patel
402, Radhasharnam Apartment, Near Bhaikaka Statue, Vallabh Vidyanagar, Dist - Anand, Gujarat
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.92417

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A cross-sectional study was conducted in a rural area of Anand District, Gujarat to measure the efficiency of immunization sessions and to identify the reasons for missing a vaccine in a session. Caregivers of infants aged less than one year and in need of any vaccine as per routine immunization schedule were interviewed by a house-to-house survey after immunization session was completed. Efficiency of immunization session was 66.7%. Reasons for 'missed' vaccination were prior reminder not given (32.9%, P<0.01); mother's forgetfulness (26.6%); unavailability of vaccine (15%). Higher birth order (OR=2.86; 3.16-2.56), mother's current residence at father's home (OR=3.17; 3.53-2.81) were associated with 'missed' vaccination. There are barriers in health care system such as lack of prior reminder and unavailability of vaccines which should be assessed and eliminated.


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