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Type Journal Article - Healthcare in Low-resource Settings
Title Family factors associated with immunization uptake in children aged between twelve and fifty-nine months: a household survey in Kakamega Central district, Western Kenya
Volume 4
Issue 1
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://www.pagepressjournals.org/index.php/hls/article/download/5447/5150
In this study, we assessed immunization
uptake and identified family factors associated
with immunization in children aged between
12 and 59 months in Kakamega Central,
Western Kenya. A cross sectional study was
conducted in 13 sub-locations between June
and July 2013. Data on 577 children were collected
from their respective caregivers, by
trained research assistants. The proportion of
fully immunized children was 80.9% (95% confidence
interval 76.9-85.3%). Immunization
coverage was higher among caregivers who
had completed secondary school (88%), those
who had attended antenatal care clinics (81%)
and children born in a health facility (85%).
Some evidence was seen of increasing coverage
with increasing socio-economic status. No
evidence for a gender difference in coverage
was seen. In the logistic regression model, the
risk factors for incomplete immunization
were: low educational level of the caregiver
[adjusted odd ratio (AOR)=0.25; P<0.005],
never attending any antenatal care (ANC)
(AOR=0.14; P<0.05) and delivery outside of
health facilities (AOR=0.40; P<0.005). Further
inquiry is required into this area to fully comprehend
the inextricable linkage between factors
affecting immunization.

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