Factors affecting acceptance of immunization among children in rural Bangladesh
Bhuiya,Abbas; Bhuiya,Ismat; Chowdhury,A.M.R.
Health Policy and Planning 10(3): 304-311
Publication date: 1995
This paper uses the Bangladesh Fertility Survey 1989 data toidentify the factors affecting acceptance of immunization amongchildren in rural Bangladesh. Acceptance of DPT, measles andBCG vaccinations were the dependent variables. The independentvariables included proximity to health facilities, frequencyof visit by health worker, respondent's mobility, media exposure,education, age, economic status of household, region of residence,and gender of child. Logistic regression analysis was performedto assess the net effects of the variables in addition to univariateanalysis. Among the independent variables, proximity to healthfacility, frequency of health worker's visit, mother's mobility,education, age, gender of child, ownership of radio, economiccondition of household, and region of residence showed statisticallysignificant association with acceptance of immunization. Theeffect of frequency of health worker's visit was dependent onregion of residence, possession of radio, and mother's education.The effect of mother's ability to visit health centre alonewas also dependent on ownership of radio, economic conditionof household, and mother's education.