Coverage of the basic immunization schedule in the first year of life in State capitals in Northeast Brazil

Lorena Lauren Chaves Queiroz Silvio Gomes Monteiro Elba Gomide Mochel Maria Amélia de Sousa Mascena Veras Francisca Georgina Macêdo de Sousa Márcio Lee de Meneses Bezerra Maria Bethânia da Costa Chein About the authors

Vaccination coverage in the so-called "developing countries" is still lower than expected. Such coverage is an important indicator of population health and the quality of care provided by the health care system. The current study describes the results of a household survey to estimate coverage of the basic immunization schedule in the first year of life in State capitals in Northeast Brazil, for the 2005 birth cohort. The methodology used was that recommended by the Pan American Health Organization for surveys on vaccination coverage. According to the data, vaccination coverage fell short of the goals set by the National Immunization Program for this age group, at high risk of acquiring vaccine-preventable diseases. The lowest coverage rates were found at the two extremes of socioeconomic strata. Assessment of vaccination coverage indicates whether the infant population is immunized and helps identify weak points in vaccination activities.

Immunization Coverage; Immunization; Infant; Surveys


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