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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

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BARROS, Marla Geórgia Monteiro et al. Missed vaccination opportunities: primary care performance aspects in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, 2012. Epidemiol. Serv. Saúde [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.4, pp.701-710. ISSN 1679-4974.


to describe aspects related to missed vaccination opportunities at Primary Health Care Units at Health District II, in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil.


this was a descriptive study aimed at children under 1 year of age with delayed vaccination in 2012; data were collected by applying structured forms and an interview with parents or guardians.


18 Primary Health Care Units and 33 vaccinators were evaluated. 300 vaccination record cards were analyzed, 120 (40%) of which were found to have overdue vaccinations. More than half the professionals did not vaccinate children in situations considered appropriate for vaccination and 50% parents or guardians reported 'lack of time' and 'forgetfulness' as reasons for overdue vaccination.


delayed vaccination was found; vaccinators have conducts which may be characterized as missing vaccination opportunities.

Keywords : Vaccines; Immunization Programs; Health Centers; Infants; Descriptive Epidemiology.

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