Factors Associated with Missed Vaccination during Mass Immunization Campaigns

Authors

  • William M Weiss Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Peter J Winch Social and Behavioral Interventions, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Gilbert Burnham Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i3.3378

Keywords:

Child health, Evaluation studies, Immunization, Polio, Polio vaccine, Review literature, Vaccine

Abstract

Achieving a high percentage of vaccination coverage with polio vaccine, while necessary, is not sufficient to eliminate or eradicate polio. The existence of pockets of under-vaccinated children has allowed out­breaks of polio in countries that have achieved high levels of vaccination coverage and in countries with no cases for many years. In a literature review, 35 articles were identified that described factors associated with missed vaccination in mass immunization campaigns. An annotated bibliography was developed for each article; these were then coded using the AnSWR program, and codes were organized into three larger the­matic categories. These thematic areas were: (a) organization and implementation of mass campaigns; (b) population characteristics; and (c) knowledge and practices of caretakers. If these factors were geographi­cally clustered, it was suspected that these clusters might have higher likelihood of becoming pockets of unvaccinated children. Immunization programme managers can target resources to identify if such clusters exist. If so, they can then ensure supervision of vaccination efforts in those sites and take further action, if indicated, to prevent or mitigate pockets of unvaccinated children.

Key words: Child health; Evaluation studies; Immunization; Polio; Polio vaccine; Review literature; Vaccine

doi: 10.3329/jhpn.v27i3.3378

J Health Popul Nutr 2009 Jun;27(3):358-367

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Author Biography

William M Weiss, Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Dr. William M. Weiss
Research Associate
Health Systems Program
Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 North Wolfe Street, Room E8132
Baltimore, MD 21205
USA
Email: bweiss@jhsph.edu
Fax: 1-410-614-1419

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Weiss, W. M., Winch, P. J., & Burnham, G. (2009). Factors Associated with Missed Vaccination during Mass Immunization Campaigns. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, 27(3), 358–367. https://doi.org/10.3329/jhpn.v27i3.3378

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