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Identifying the determinants of childhood immunization in the Philippines
Authors: Bondy JN, Thind A, Koval JJ, Speechley KN.
Source: Vaccine, 27(1):169-75. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2008.08.042.
Topic(s): Child health
Country: Asia
Published: JAN 2009
Abstract: A key method of reducing morbidity and mortality is childhood immunization, yet in 2003 only 69% of Filipino children received all suggested vaccinations. Data from the 2003 Philippines Demographic Health Survey were used to identify risk factors for non- and partial-immunization. Results of the multinomial logistic regression analyses indicate that mothers who have less education, and who have not attended the minimally-recommended four antenatal visits are less likely to have fully immunized children. To increase immunization coverage in the Philippines, knowledge transfer to mothers must improve.