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Epidemiologia e Serviços de Saúde

Print version ISSN 1679-4974On-line version ISSN 2237-9622

Abstract

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.  https://doi.org/10.5123/S1679-49742015000400012.

OBJECTIVE:

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

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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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