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Open Access Research article

Vaccination coverage and reasons for non-vaccination in a district of Istanbul

Sebahat D Torun1* and Nadi Bakırcı2

Author Affiliations

1 Marmara University Medical Faculty Department of Public Health, Istanbul, Turkey

2 Assistant Professor of Public Health, Marmara University Medical Faculty Department of Public Health, Istanbul, Turkey

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BMC Public Health 2006, 6:125  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-6-125

Published: 5 May 2006

Abstract

Background

In order to control and eliminate the vaccine preventable diseases it is important to know the vaccination coverage and reasons for non-vaccination. The primary objective of this study was to determine the complete vaccination rate; the reasons for non-vaccination and the predictors that influence vaccination of children. The other objective was to determine coverage of measles vaccination of the Measles Immunization Days (MID) 2005 for children aged 9 month to 6 years in a region of Umraniye, Istanbul, Turkey.

Methods

A '30 × 7' cluster sampling design was used as the sampling method. Thirty streets were selected at random from study area. Survey data were collected by a questionnaire which was applied face to face to parents of 221 children. A Chi-square test and logistic regression was used for the statistical analyses. Content analysis method was used to evaluate the open-ended questions.

Results

The complete vaccination rate for study population was 84.5% and 3.2% of all children were totally non-vaccinated. The siblings of non-vaccinated children were also non-vaccinated. Reasons for non-vaccination were as follows: being in the village and couldn't reach to health care services; having no knowledge about vaccination; the father of child didn't allow vaccination; intercurrent illness of child during vaccination time; missed opportunities like not to shave off a vial for only one child. In logistic regression analysis, paternal and maternal levels of education and immigration time of both parents to Istanbul were found to influence whether children were completely vaccinated or non-vaccinated. Measles vaccination coverage during MID was 79.3%.

Conclusion

Efforts to increase vaccination coverage should take reasons for non-vaccination into account.