Factors associated with and screening models of national immunization programme vaccine series completion among preschool children in Fujian Province, south-eastern China

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Background: An effective method for the rapid identification of vulnerable preschool children at risk of not completing the national immunization programme (NIP) vaccine series in China is still lacking. Methods: A cross-sectional study involving 772 preschool children born between September 1 2009 and August 31, 2011 was conducted in 2015 in Fujian Province, south-eastern China. The data were collected by face-to-face interviews with the parents or guardians of the children using a standard questionnaire. Results: Children who received the first dose of a hepatitis B vaccine (HepB) less than 24 h after birth and those who received one or more doses of surrogate for-fee vaccines (SFVs) were more likely to complete the NIP vaccine series with adjusted odds ratios (ORs) of 3.12 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.19–8.23) and 4.74 (1.41–15.90), respectively. The cut-off value of the prediction score for the completion of the NIP vaccine series was 92.5%, and the sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values were 87.5%, 47.1%, 11.4% and 98.0%, respectively. Conclusions: The receipt of a timely first dose of HepB and one or more doses of SFVs were associated with and good predictors of NIP vaccine series completion by preschool children in Fujian, China.

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Wu, J. N., & Zhou, Y. (2019). Factors associated with and screening models of national immunization programme vaccine series completion among preschool children in Fujian Province, south-eastern China. Journal of Infection and Public Health, 12(2), 236–241. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2018.10.011

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