Status of childhood vaccination practice in a fixed-session site of a Medical College of Eastern India

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Shivangi Raj
Shweta Kesharwani
Shweta Kumari
Soni Kumari
Satabdi Mitra
Samir Dasgupta

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Introduction: Vaccination is most cost-effective munitions and National Immunization Schedule (NIS) is providing protection to under-five children against 11 diseases currently. Still gap of nearly 1/3rd unvaccinated children is remaining despite various initiatives, campaigns, and special drives. Objective: To assess status of vaccination service and awareness among various stakeholders of an immunization clinic in a medical college hospital in a metropolitan city of eastern India. Materials and Methods: An observational qualitative study with cross-sectional design was conducted over 4 months in an immunization clinic of a medical college. With Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) prescribed checklist, session site was observed with non-participant stance, two vaccinators being public health nurses were interviewed and 35 caregivers of beneficiaries were interviewed at exit point. Results: Regarding session and logistics, adherence to NIS guidelines was observed mostly with few gaps in injection safety and hand washing practices.  Except for one non-updated NIS schedule and one bio-medical waste management, no other IEC material could be noted at site. Only 28.6% of caregivers were found as aware of vaccines given to their children that day though importance of keeping mother-child protection card and noting of next vaccine date was among majority. AEFI knowledge was among 40% of caregivers and only 11.4% could say that “seven” visits up to 5 years of age are required for their children to get “completely immunized”. Conclusion: Despite commendable commitment and support from service side childhood vaccination is at stake which requires more advocacy, in-service training and supportive supervision.

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Raj S, Kesharwani S, Kumari S, Kumari S, Mitra S, Dasgupta S. Status of childhood vaccination practice in a fixed-session site of a Medical College of Eastern India. RJUMS [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 8 [cited 2024 May 25];1(2). Available from: https://esrfrjums.co.in/index.php/main/article/view/16
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Shivangi Raj, KPC Medical College and Hospital

Student, Final Prof. MBBS 

Shweta Kesharwani, KPC Medical College and Hospital

Student, Final Prof. MBBS

Shweta Kumari, KPC Medical College and Hospital

Student, Final Prof. MBBS

Soni Kumari, KPC Medical College and Hospital

Student, Final Prof. MBBS

Satabdi Mitra, KPC MCH

Assistant Professor, Community Medicine,

Samir Dasgupta, KPC Medical College and Hospital 

Professor, Community Medicine

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Raj S, Kesharwani S, Kumari S, Kumari S, Mitra S, Dasgupta S. Status of childhood vaccination practice in a fixed-session site of a Medical College of Eastern India. RJUMS [Internet]. 2024 Apr. 8 [cited 2024 May 25];1(2). Available from: https://esrfrjums.co.in/index.php/main/article/view/16

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