Vaccination coverage and its determinants in rural areas of district Doda of Jammu and Kashmir, India


  • Rajnesh Kumar School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
  • Kanchan Mukherjee School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India



Vaccination coverage, Under-five mortality, Universal immunization programme, National immunization schedule


Background: India accounts for the highest number of under-five deaths in the world. Estimates claim that 89 lakh children in India receive fewer vaccines or no vaccine at all. One out of every three children in India does not receive all vaccines under the universal immunization programme. 5% children in urban and 8% children in rural areas remain unimmunized. According to NFHS-4 data complete vaccination coverage in India stands at 62%. The objectives of this study were to evaluate complete vaccination coverage, dropout rate and identify factors for failure of vaccination coverage in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, state of India.

Methods: A cross-sectional quantitative study was conducted to evaluate the complete vaccination coverage by using an interview schedule devised as per WHO-UNICEF coverage cluster survey reference manual and National Immunization Schedule. A pre-determined sample size according to the WHO-UNICEF coverage cluster survey reference manual was adopted for the purpose of the study.

Results: Of the total 207 children included in the study 66.2% (n=137) were fully immunized. 19.8% of the children had dropped out and did not receive the recommended dose of pentavalent vaccine. Among the reasons for low complete vaccination coverage, lack of awareness, mother too busy and vaccinator being absent were identified as the major reasons.

Conclusions: Complete vaccination coverage has shown an increase with an increase in the coverage of the individual vaccines. But the coverage is still low and more efforts are needed to further improve the vaccination coverage.


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How to Cite

Kumar, R., & Mukherjee, K. (2019). Vaccination coverage and its determinants in rural areas of district Doda of Jammu and Kashmir, India. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 6(10), 4401–4406.



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