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Can Flanders resist the measles outbreak? Assessing vaccination coverage in different age groups among Flemish residents
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Abstract
The Belgian strategic plan to eliminate measles contains several vaccination strategies including routine immunisation programmes and catch-up campaigns, A new expanded programme on immunisation-based survey (2016) assessed the uptake of the recommended measlesmumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in three different cohorts: toddlers, adolescents and parents of toddlers. A two-stage cluster sampling technique was used to select 875 toddlers (age 18-24 months) and 1250 adolescents (bom in 2000} from 107 municipalities in Flanders. After consent of the parent(s), 746 (85.2%) families of toddlers and 1012 (81.0%) families of adolescents were interviewed at home. Measles vaccination coverage was high at 18-24 months (96.2%) and 81.5% were vaccinated at recommended age. Toddlers who had two siblings or a non-working mother or changed vaccinator were more at risk for not being vaccinated. Coverage of the teenager dose reached 93.5% and was lower in adolescents with educational underachievement or whose mother was part-time working or with a non-Belgian background. Only 56.0% of mothers and 48.3% of fathers remembered having received at least one measles-containing vaccine. Although measles vaccination coverage in toddlers meets the required standards for elimination, administration of the teenager dose of MMR vaccine and parent compliance to the recent measles catch-up campaign in Flanders leave room for improvement.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Epidemiology and infection. - London, 1987, currens
Publication
London : 2018
ISSN
0950-2688 [print]
1469-4409 [online]
Volume/pages
146 :8 (2018) , p. 1043-1047
ISI
000440755700015
Pubmed ID
29716667
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UAntwerpen
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