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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 31-34
Routine immunization - do people know about it? A study among caretakers of children attending pulse polio immunization in east Delhi


1 Department of Community Medicine, VMMC and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, UCMS and GTB Hospital, Delhi - 110 095, India

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Sanjiv K Bhasin
Department of Community Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Dilshad Garden, Delhi - 110 095
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.39240

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Research question: Do caretakers of children under five years have sufficient knowledge regarding routine immunization (RI)? Objective: To assess the knowledge about RI among caretakers of young children. Settings: Pulse polio immunization centres in East Delhi. Study design: Cross-sectional study. Participants: Six hundred and eighty-two caretakers accompanying children under 5 years to pulse polio booths in November 2006. Study tool: Pre-tested semi-open-ended questionnaire. Statistical analysis: Proportions, Chi-square test. Results: The proportions of respondents who had awareness about different aspects of RI, such as weekday of RI (37.0%), age group for RI (49.1%), number of visits required in the first year of life (27.0%), were all low. When asked to name the four diseases covered under the RI program in Delhi, only 268 (39.3%) could name at least three. The education level of respondents was strongly associated with their knowledge about RI. Conclusion: The need of the hour is to make RI a 'felt need' of the community. Making caretakers more aware about RI is a vital step in achieving this goal.


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