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Aubrey MullinsFollow

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Poster

Faculty Mentor’s Full Name

Aubrey Mullins

Faculty Mentor’s Department

Kimber McKay

Abstract

According to the most recent available research, just over half of all Ugandan children are fully vaccinated. Every year more than 1 million child mortalities in developing countries are due to vaccine preventable diseases. Drawing on available studies and health reports, this paper examines the factors that contribute to low vaccination rates of Ugandan infants and children. It will also explore the current qualitative observations and experiences of Ugandan physicians in Iganga, Uganda regarding barriers that influence infant and child vaccination rates. Reviewing factors like maternal education, socioeconomic considerations, maternal health care utilization and availability, vaccination availability, and other cultural and public health related factors, this paper highlights the primary factors contributing to these low vaccination rates. Identifying the most significant factors contributing to low vaccination rates, this paper will present useful data for future public health strategies to increase Ugandan children vaccination rates, ultimately helping to decrease the number of infant and child mortalities.

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Apr 17th, 3:00 PM Apr 17th, 4:00 PM

Uganda: Factors Affecting Low Vaccination Rates

UC South Ballroom

According to the most recent available research, just over half of all Ugandan children are fully vaccinated. Every year more than 1 million child mortalities in developing countries are due to vaccine preventable diseases. Drawing on available studies and health reports, this paper examines the factors that contribute to low vaccination rates of Ugandan infants and children. It will also explore the current qualitative observations and experiences of Ugandan physicians in Iganga, Uganda regarding barriers that influence infant and child vaccination rates. Reviewing factors like maternal education, socioeconomic considerations, maternal health care utilization and availability, vaccination availability, and other cultural and public health related factors, this paper highlights the primary factors contributing to these low vaccination rates. Identifying the most significant factors contributing to low vaccination rates, this paper will present useful data for future public health strategies to increase Ugandan children vaccination rates, ultimately helping to decrease the number of infant and child mortalities.