Multiple factors affect vaccination status among Indian children, finds study

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4859
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Vaccination status of children in India is influenced by where they are born, their caste and religion, antenatal care, and whether their mother has been vaccinated against tetanus, a study has found.

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that these associations remained after adjusting for state of residence, gender, age, household wealth, and mother’s education.1

The researchers attempted to identify cultural and sociodemographic factors that affected vaccination, using data from 108 057 children included in the nationally representative District Level Household and Facility Survey in 2008. Data …

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