Kumari Sneha, Pardeshi Geeta, Kishore Jugal


Introduction-Incomplete immunization among under five children is one of the major public health problems in India. Objectives- To explore the reasons behind incomplete immunization among under five children. Material & methods- It was a qualitative study conducted during May 2017-Oct.2017(6 months). In-depth interviews and Focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted among parents of unimmunized and partially immunized children and healthcare workers (ASHAs and AWWs). Study tool was semi-structured interview guide. Analysis was done using thematic analysis. Ethical clearance and informed consent was obtained before conducting the study. Results- A total of 15 in depth interviews (8 mothers,1 father and 6 key informants) and two FGDs were conducted. Major key areas came out to be lack of knowledge regarding benefits of immunization, side -effects due to immunization, rumors and fake videos, resistance from husband & in-laws, migration of mothers and loss of immunization card. Conclusion- There is an urgent need of awareness regarding benefits, possible side effects and contraindications of immunization.


immunization, defaulters, community, rural area.

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