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.
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