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Association Between Caregivers’ Socio-Demographic Factors and Missed Opportunities for Measles Vaccination in Kajiado, Kenya

Immunization is regarded as one of the most important achievements of public health. Immunization coverage in children in Kenya is about 88%. Regional disparities however exist and these are mediated by provider, system and client related factors. The aim of this study was to investigate factors associated with missed opportunities for measles vaccination among children 9 – 23 months attending Ngong sub–County Hospital in Kajiado County. A cross sectional study was conducted between December 2019 and January 2020. Data was collected from a sampled population of 242 out of the 246 expected respondents using qualitative and quantitative methods. Factors associated with missed opportunities for vaccination were assessed through chi square tests and bivariate logistic regression methods. The proportion of completely immunized children was 73% (95% CI). At invariable levels, the factors associated with missed opportunities for vaccination included caregiver’s age, marital status and relationship to the child (p<0.05). Economic factors and health facility factors were also associated with missed opportunities for vaccination. Of the variables investigated, health facility factors, economic factors and socio-demographic factors were associated with missed opportunities for vaccination in that order. Conclusion is therefore made that Immunization uptake in the study are central is still low compared to the national levels. Various sociodemographic characteristics, economic and health facility factors are associated with missed opportunities for vaccination. Further inquiry is required in the health facilities to fully comprehend the inextricable linkage between factors associated with missed opportunities for vaccination. Programs and policies could also target a reduction of the cases of missed opportunities for vaccination in the study area.

Immunization, Missed Opportunities, Fully Immunized Child, Caregiver, Vaccine Coverage

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Samson Thuo, Isaac Okeyo. (2023). Association Between Caregivers’ Socio-Demographic Factors and Missed Opportunities for Measles Vaccination in Kajiado, Kenya. American Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences, 4(2), 50-56.

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Samson Thuo; Isaac Okeyo. Association Between Caregivers’ Socio-Demographic Factors and Missed Opportunities for Measles Vaccination in Kajiado, Kenya. Am. J. Nurs. Health Sci. 2023, 4(2), 50-56. doi: 10.11648/j.ajnhs.20230402.13

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Samson Thuo, Isaac Okeyo. Association Between Caregivers’ Socio-Demographic Factors and Missed Opportunities for Measles Vaccination in Kajiado, Kenya. Am J Nurs Health Sci. 2023;4(2):50-56. doi: 10.11648/j.ajnhs.20230402.13

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