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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 197-199
Building evidence for coverage of fully vaccinated children of 12–23 months of age across Districts of North India, 2015


1 Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Dinesh Kumar
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijcm.IJCM_126_16

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Context: Unprecedented low coverage (63%) of fully vaccinated (FV) children in the recent round of national survey district level household (HH) and facility survey 4 (DLHS-4) propelled health system of Himachal Pradesh for an independent rapid assessment of FV coverage. Aim: The aim of the study was to assess the FV coverage among 12–23-month old children in the state. Settings and Design: A community-based survey with an interviewer-administered questionnaire was carried out in all 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh from September 2015 to January 2016. Subject and Methods: WHO 30 × 7 cluster technique was used. Statistical Analysis Used: Chi-square and unpaired Student's t-test along with 95% confidence intervals. Results: A total of 2492 children across 35,551 HHs (2.4% of state share) were surveyed with FV coverage of 98.1% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 97.5–98.6) and 86% (95% CI: 84.6–87.3) based on history and card, respectively. Conclusions: The reported FV coverage in the current study was observed too high in the state as reported in earlier round of the national surveys (except DLHS-4).


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