Maternal awareness on under-5 child immunization in a rural community of Bangladesh

Md Mushtahid Salam, Md Shahab Uddin, Md Faiz Ahmad Khan, Pranay Kumar Mazumdar, Md Ershadul Huq, Rabeya Yousuf, Abdus Salam

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Introduction: Immunization is one of the most cost-effective interventions for child health promotion. Maternal knowledge, perception and practice are important factors for the success of immunization program. The objective of this study was to determine the awareness of rural mothers on expanded program on immunisation (EPI). Materials and Methods: This was a descriptive cross sectional survey conducted among randomly selected 598 mothers having under-5 children in a rural community of Bangladesh. The data were collected on March, 2012 by the 4th year medical students of Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Science and Technology Chittagong (USTC) Bangladesh, using a pretested structured questionnaire during their residential field site training. Results: Of 598 mothers, 421(70.40%) have children of 1-5 years old and 177(29.60%) have children who were below 1 year. Out of 421 mothers, 383 (90.87%) completed the immunization of their children. However 37 (8.79%) mothers did not fully immunize their children. About EPI program 99% mothers were knowledgeable, 82% had knowledge about number of vaccine used in EPI and 93% had knowledge about at least one benefit of immunization. Conclusion: Maternal attitudes and awareness is good on childhood immunization in rural Bangladesh. However, still there is some dropout. Misconceptions are the main reason for dropout. Educational program for the masses and joint collaborative efforts against misconceptions on immunization is greatly emphasized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-684
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume20
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Bangladesh
Rural Population
Immunization
Mothers
Immunization Programs
Health Promotion
Medical Students
Vaccines
Cross-Sectional Studies
Technology
Costs and Cost Analysis
Health

Keywords

  • Childhood immunization
  • Maternal awareness
  • Rural Bangladesh
  • Under-five

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  • Medicine(all)

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Salam, M. M., Uddin, M. S., Khan, M. F. A., Mazumdar, P. K., Huq, M. E., Yousuf, R., & Salam, A. (2013). Maternal awareness on under-5 child immunization in a rural community of Bangladesh. International Medical Journal, 20(6), 681-684.

Maternal awareness on under-5 child immunization in a rural community of Bangladesh. / Salam, Md Mushtahid; Uddin, Md Shahab; Khan, Md Faiz Ahmad; Mazumdar, Pranay Kumar; Huq, Md Ershadul; Yousuf, Rabeya; Salam, Abdus.

In: International Medical Journal, Vol. 20, No. 6, 2013, p. 681-684.

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Salam, MM, Uddin, MS, Khan, MFA, Mazumdar, PK, Huq, ME, Yousuf, R & Salam, A 2013, 'Maternal awareness on under-5 child immunization in a rural community of Bangladesh', International Medical Journal, vol. 20, no. 6, pp. 681-684.
Salam MM, Uddin MS, Khan MFA, Mazumdar PK, Huq ME, Yousuf R et al. Maternal awareness on under-5 child immunization in a rural community of Bangladesh. International Medical Journal. 2013;20(6):681-684.
Salam, Md Mushtahid ; Uddin, Md Shahab ; Khan, Md Faiz Ahmad ; Mazumdar, Pranay Kumar ; Huq, Md Ershadul ; Yousuf, Rabeya ; Salam, Abdus. / Maternal awareness on under-5 child immunization in a rural community of Bangladesh. In: International Medical Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 20, No. 6. pp. 681-684.
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