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Research Article

Differences in rate of uptake of immunisation among ethnic groups.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: (Published 07 April 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:1075
  1. M R Baker,
  2. R Bandaranayake,
  3. M S Schweiger


    In the Bradford health district ethnic origin is associated with appreciable differences in morbidity and mortality. In view of these differences a study was undertaken to determine whether there were differences among the ethnic groups in utilisation of the National Health Service, as reflected in the rate of uptake of immunisation, which is offered to all children. Significant differences were found between the British group and some other ethnic groups--notably Pakistani, Indian, and half Negro groups. The rate of uptake of immunisation was nearer the optimum in the Indian group than in the British group. The most unsatisfactory rate of uptake of immunisation overall was found in the half Negro group. No clear explanation of the differences has been shown, they are likely to be due to various factors in the National Health Service and in the community.