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RESEARCH ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 12-15

Assessment of the Vaccination Status of Pregnant Mothers and their Infants after Birth with Tetanus Toxoid in District Rawalpindi of Pakistan


1 Senior Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, Abbotabad University of Science and Technology (AUST), Havelian, Pakistan
2 Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, Abbotabad University of Science and Technology (AUST), Havelian, Pakistan
3 PG Student, Department of Microbiology, Abbotabad University of Science and Technology (AUST), Havelian, Pakistan
4 Private Consultant, Department of Microbiology, Abbotabad University of Science and Technology (AUST), Havelian, Pakistan
5 PG Student, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Chinese Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing, China

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Aim: The aim of study was to find the vaccination status of infants and their mothers during pregnancy and to find out the factors affecting such coverage in the district Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted using World health organization (WHO) 30 cluster sampling technique. According to this technique, 30 clusters including seven mothers along with their infants were considered per cluster randomly. The mothers were convinced for interview through the structured Performa to ask about the vaccination status of their infants and themselves. Results: 93% mothers during pregnancy were found to be vaccinated with both the doses while 87% infants were found to be vaccinated with tetanus toxoid. The factors affecting for low vaccination coverage was also determined. Among them, Economic and lacking education or awareness were the common factors. Conclusion: Thus, Study emphasis for the effective measures needed to raise this vaccination status up to 100%.


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