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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management
World Bank assisted National Agricultural Research Project (NARP) - University of Port Harcourt
ISSN: 1119-8362
Vol. 24, No. 8, 2020, pp. 1383-1390
Bioline Code: ja20201
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, Vol. 24, No. 8, 2020, pp. 1383-1390

 en Determinants of Full Vaccination Status in Children Attending Immunization Clinic in a Tertiary Hospital in Benin City, Nigeria


Immunization is a cost-effective approach aimed at improving child survival. Coverage is an indicator to monitor the progress towards achieving child survival and the strategy to reduce childhood morbidity and mortality. The study was a descriptive cross-sectional study among 300 mothers /caregivers attending a tertiary institution clinic for immunization of the children using immunization card and verbal response of the mother. Findings from the study showed that 220 (73.3%) of the index children were fully vaccinated for age while 80 (26.7%) were not. BCG was the commonest vaccine received by the respondents as 280 (93.3%) received it, followed by OPV, 261 (87.0%) and Pentavalent vaccine, 246 (82.0%). Majority of the index children were vaccinated for age with high BCG, OPV and Pentavalent vaccine coverage rates. Socio-demographic factors that influenced the utilization of immunization included the mothers’ level of education, occupation, reception of antenatal care. A better understanding of the immunization schedule is important in the design and implementation of immunization programmes. Educating mothers about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases are recommended.

determinants; vaccination; tertiary hospital; childhood

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