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Factors affecting complete and timely childhood immunization coverage in Sindh, Pakistan: A secondary analysis of cross sectional survey data

Journal Article
(Published November, 2018)
Noh, J.W. (Author),
Kim, Y.M. (Author),
Akram, N. (Author),
Yoo, K.B. (Author),
Park, J. (Author),
Cheon, J. (Author),
Kwon, Y.D. (Author),
Stekelenburg, J. (Author)
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Pakistan has a high burden of newborn mortality, which would be significantly preventable through appropriate routine immunization. The purpose of this study was to measure the basic timely childhood immunization coverage and to identify determinants of factors influencing childhood immunization coverage in Sindh, Pakistan. Data from Maternal and Child Health Program Indicator Survey 2013–2014 conducted in Sindh province of Pakistan was used to compare full coverage of the basic immunization schedule from child’s vaccination card. Among 2,253 children, 1,156 (51.3%) received age-based full basic immunization. The basic immunization rates were 69.1% for under five weeks old, 38.3% for six to nine weeks, 18.8% for 10–13 weeks, 44.0% for 14 weeks-eight months, 60.4% for nine to 11 months, and 59.1% for over one year. The overall full basic immunization coverage in Pakistan is still low. Child’s age, number of living children, parents’ education level, wealth, the source of mother and child health information, number of antenatal care, and assistance during delivery were associated with completing basic immunization.

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Noh JW, Kim YM, Akram N, Yoo KB, Park J, Cheon J, et al. Factors affecting complete and timely childhood immunization coverage in Sindh, Pakistan; A secondary analysis of cross-sectional survey data. PloS one. 2018;13(10):e0206766