Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 76--77

Vaccination card retention in underdeveloped South Asia


Sora Yasri1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Medical Center, MKT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropical Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sora Yasri
Medical Center, MKT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Vaccination card retention in underdeveloped South Asia.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:76-77


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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Vaccination card retention in underdeveloped South Asia. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 21 ];8:76-77
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Dear Sir,

The problem of vaccination card retention in underdeveloped South Asia is very interesting. In the recent report on vaccination card retention in children in Pakistan, there are many interesting findings. [1] Sheikh and Ali noted that "improving vaccination card retention is one of the key measures which will help towards accurately estimating coverage and to inform health policy decisions." [1] In fact, it is problematic that the rate of vaccination card retention is low. Focusing on the retention of child health cards, Mukanga and Kiguli reported that "the factors associated with card retention include whether the mother or child used a formal facility where cards are issued." [2] However, it is worth noting that vaccination card retention should not be of higher priority than the actual practice of getting vaccinated according to the vaccine schedule. It should also be noted that the vaccination card is a small object and can be easily accidentally discarded in the long term. In a study from Ethiopia, Etana and Deressa reported that "maternal health care utilization and knowledge of mothers about the age at which child begins and finishes vaccination are the main factors associated with complete immunization coverage." [3]

References

1Sheikh SS, Ali SA. Predictors of vaccination card retention in children 12-59 months old in Karachi, Pakistan. Oman Med J 2014;29:190-3.
2Mukanga DO, Kiguli S. Factors affecting the retention and use of child health cards in a slum community in Kampala, Uganda, 2005. Matern Child Health J 2006;10:545-52.
3Etana B, Deressa W. Factors associated with complete immunization coverage in children aged 12-23 months in Ambo Woreda, Central Ethiopia. BMC Public Health 2012;12:566.