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Table 1 Characteristics of interviewed persons: Colombia, May 2010

From: Understanding the main barriers to immunization in Colombia to better tailor communication strategies

Characteristic Participants (n = 4802) No. (%)
Sex of participants  
Male 154 (3.2)
Female 4648 (96.8)
Age (years)  
14-18 355 (7.4)
19-25 1558 (32.4)
26-30 1198 (24.9)
31-40 1179 (24.6)
>40 512 (10.7)
Relation to child  
Mother 4217 (87.8)
Father 149 (3.1)
Grandparent 328 (6.8)
Other family member 95 (2.0)
Neighbor 9 (0.2)
No response/I don’t know 4 (0.1)
Education  
Less than primary 883 (18.4)
Primary only 843 (17.5)
Secondary incomplete 1194 (24.9)
Secondary complete 1429 (29.7)
Post-secondary 450 (9.4)
No response/I don’t know 3 (0.1)
Marital Status  
Single 1022 (21.3)
Married 966 (20.1)
Civil union 2489 (51.8)
Separated/divorced 240 (5.0)
Widowed 78 (1.6)
No response/I don’t know 7 (0.2)
Affiliation with health system*  
Subsidized 3561 (74.2)
Contributor 1015 (21.1)
Non-affiliated poor 127 (2.6)
Other 92 (1.9)
No response/I don’t know 7 (0.2)
Ethnicity  
Indigenous 412 (8.6)
Afro-Colombian 1393 (29.0)
Other 2957 (61.6)
No response/I don’t know 40 (0.8)
Children  
1 3151 (65.6)
2 1066 (22.2)
3 391 (8.2)
>4 194 (4.0)
Age of child in study (n = 5709)  
0-1 years 1179 (20.7)
1-2 years 1208 (21.1)
2-3 years 1049 (18.4)
3-4 years 1114 (19.5)
4-5 years 1159 (20.3)
  1. *By law, all Colombians are entitled to health and immunization services. Following the reform of the country’s health system, citizens are considered contributivos (those able to pay for services) or subsidiados (those whose receive subsidized care). A small percentage of the population remains unaffiliated with the system.