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Table 2 Distribution of the reasons for non-vaccination*§ (Kecioren District, 2007) (n = 96)

From: Lot quality survey: an appealing method for rapid evaluation of vaccine coverage in developing countries – experience in Turkey

Reasons Cited BCG DPT OPV Hepatitis B Measles/MMR
Did not know the site for vaccination - - - - 1
Scared of the side effects 2 2 2 2 2
Misperceptions (false believes) 2 1 1 1 2
Nobody available to take the child to the vaccination site - - - - 1
Familial problems - - - - 3
Child was sick, was not taken for vaccination 1 2 2 2 6
Child was sick, health personnel did not approve vaccination - - - - 1
Vaccine was not available - - - - 1
Waiting period was too long 1 - - - -
Date for vaccination is yet to come - - - - 18
Other 3 3 5 3 8
Not stated/not known 2 11 9 20 28
Total number of children missing at least one dose§ 7 17 17 26 65
  1. * Given the scarcity of the number of non-vaccinated children or those missing at least one dose of a vaccine, percentages were not calculated.
  2. Did not have an ID, did not have vaccination card, was out of town or was busy with some other responsibilities, forgot the date of vaccination.
  3. § Some mothers/other caregivers stated more than one reason for non-vaccination; thus, column totals do not necessarily equal the number of children missing at least one dose of vaccine.