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Predictors of uptake of newly introduced vaccines in Malawi - monovalent human rotavirus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines: Evidence from the 2015-16 Malawi demographic and health survey
Authors: Ntenda PAM, Mwenyenkulu ET, Putthanachote N, Nkoka O, Mhone TG, Motsa MPS, and Tizifa T
Source: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Online first; DOI: 10.1093/tropej/fmy050
Topic(s): Child health
Children under five
Country: Africa
Published: AUG 2018
Abstract: Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the uptake and predictors of monovalent human rotavirus and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines among children of age 12-35?months in Malawi. Methods: This study used cross-sectional data obtained from the 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey. Multivariate logistic regression was used to identify the factors related to uptake of pneumococcal and rotavirus vaccination. Results: The uptake of rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines was 90.96% and 88.84%, respectively. The multivariate logistic results showed that children whose mothers had no formal education, who did not attend postnatal care for the baby within 2 months and had no vaccination card or had lost it were less likely to achieve vaccination uptake. Furthermore, children from northern region had increased odds of achieving vaccination uptake. Conclusions: Strategies aimed at increasing further uptake of rotavirus and pneumococcal vaccines should target uneducation women to improve health knowledge on vaccination.