Assessment of childhood immunization practices among parents in Arapai Subcounty, Soroti district-Uganda

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Kampala International University. School of Health Sciences Western Campus
Aim The study aimed to assess childhood immunisation practices among parents in Arapai subcounty, Soroti district-Uganda. Methods A cross-sectional study design was used in which 114 parents and caretakers were recruited into the study using simple random sampling technique. Both male and female respondents were recruited. A questionnaire was used to collect data about childhood immunization practices. Results From data collected, 72.8% of the respondents were female while 28.2% were male. 66.7% of the parents had their children fully immunized while 33.3% had their children not fully immunized. Further, 81.6% of the respondents were not aware of the immunization schedule while 18.4% were aware of the immunization schedule. Child Falling sick after previous immunization (34.2%) was the main reason given for not completing schedule. 31.6% of the parents reported having forgotten to take the children for the next visit, while 18.4% said they were busy. Conclusion There is a need to increase awareness and knowledge about the benefits and importance of vaccination, as well as the harmful consequences of non-complete immunization.
A project dissertation submitted to the faculty of clinical medicine and dentistry in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of bachelor of medicine and surgery of Kampala International University Uganda
Childhood immunization, SorotiUganda