Study on perception and attitude of mothers regarding pentavalent vaccine in dist bathinda, Punjab

Study on perception and attitude of mothers regarding pentavalent vaccine in dist bathinda, Punjab

Author: 
Dr. Harjot Kaur, Dr. Dhruvendra Lal, Dr. Tanvir K Sidhu and Dr. Coonar, P.P.S.
Abstract: 

Immunization is one of the most important public health interventions and a cost effective strategy to control the infectious diseases especially in children. Advent of combination vaccines has facilitated incorporation of additional vaccines into immunization schedule. Pentavalent vaccine, against five killer diseases–diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, hepatitis B and Hemophilus influenza type B (Hib), has been introduced in almost all GAVI eligible countries by 2011 and it was launched in Punjab on 7thjan 2015. Material and Methods: Focused group discussion was conducted on mothers in urban area covered by urban health centre, rural area covered by rural health center and Community Health centre, Nathana attached with community medicine department, Adesh medical college. Framed questions were introduced to the participants by the moderator in the form of discussion. Results: Maximum number of mothers (88%) did not have any knowledge about the vaccine. Very less number of mothers had received information regarding pentavalent vaccine through Doctors, ANMs or Immunization cards (12%). Overhaul the health workers played a very poor role in imparting information regarding the vaccine. Conclusion: This study shows that not much is being done to disseminate the information to the community and to motivate them which needs to be done to bring maximum children under the ambit of vaccination.

Paper No: 
1036