Journal Article

Influence of Health Providers on Pediatrics’ Immunization Rate

Omer Q. B. Al-lela, Mohd Baidi Bahari, Mustafa G. Al-abbassi, Muhannad R. M. Salih and Amena Y. Basher

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 58, issue 6, pages 441-445
Published in print December 2012 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online April 2012 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fms014
Influence of Health Providers on Pediatrics’ Immunization Rate

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To identify the immunization providers’ characteristics associated with immunization rate in children younger than 2 years. A cohort and a cluster sampling design were implemented; 528 children between 18 and 70 months of age were sampled in five public health clinics in Mosul-Iraq. Providers’ characterizations were obtained. Immunization rate for the children was assessed. Risk factors for partial immunization were explored using both bivariate analyses and multi-level logistic regression models. Less than half of the children had one or more than one missed dose, considered as partial immunization cases. The study found significant association of immunization rate with provider’s type. Two factors were found that strongly impacted on immunization rate in the presence of other factors: birthplace and immunization providers’ type.

Keywords: immunization rate; Iraqi child; partial immunization; provider’s characteristics

Journal Article.  2479 words. 

Subjects: Paediatrics

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