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Factors influencing attendance to immunization sessions for children in a rural district of Ghana

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  • W K Bosu
  • D Ahelegbe
  • E Edum-Fotwe
  • K A Bainson
  • P K Turkson
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/1997
<mark>Journal</mark>Acta Tropica
Issue number3
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)259-267
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Improving immunization coverage is vital to promoting child health and reducing childhood diseases and deaths. In spite of being actively promoted as a major public health intervention for national development since the late 1970s, immunization coverage in Ghana remains low. We investigated factors that influence attendance to immunization sessions in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem District of Ghana. The major factors hindering attendance were poor knowledge about immunization, lack of suitable venues and furniture at outreach clinics, financial difficulties, long waiting times, transport difficulties, poorly motivated service providers and weak intersectoral collaboration. The timing of immunization sessions, length of prior notice to the community, attitude of service providers and fear of side-effects generally did not deter attendance.