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Awareness, knowledge and practices about immunization among children in urban slums

Author: 
Dr. Neha Pandey, Dr. M. A. Ansari, and Dr. Bharti Singh
Subject Area: 
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Abstract: 

Background: Immunization is an essential public health intervention for maintaining good health status in the population. It is not only one of the best indicators to evaluate the health outcomes and services distributed across social spectrum but also one of the most cost-effective intervention to prevent a series of major illnesses, particularly in environments where children are malnourished/ undernourished and die from preventable diseases. Objectives: (1).To find out the socio demographic profile of selected respondents. (2). To determine the level of Awareness, Knowledge and Practices regarding immunization. Methodology: The study was conducted in the randomly selected six slums of Kanpur city in U.P. Following an exploratory research design, the respondents were selected using multistage random sampling, and the sample comprised 150 respondents. Data was collected using structured interview schedule. Results and Discussion: Seventy percent of the respondents were fully aware of the importance of immunization. As regards the immunization schedule, a large majority (96-98 per cent) had BCG and OPV followed by DPT (54.66 per cent). The adoption of other vaccines and booster doses was found to be very low, ranging from 44 per cent to as low as 19 per cent (Hepatitis ‘A’ vaccine). Conclusion: Sustained IEC campaigns need to be undertaken to generate high levels of awareness and knowledge about complete immunization schedule among the target groups to induce practices adoption. Grassroots health educators should stress on the criticality of complete immunization for the good health and disease free growth of children in these urban slums.

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