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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 5
First page : ( 1761) Last page : ( 1767)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00327.X

Assessing the effectiveness of immunization reminder system among nursing mothers of South India

Shinde Ketaki1, Rani Usha1,*, Kumar P. Naveen2

1Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India-576104

2Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Udupi, Karnataka, India-576104

*Corresponding Author E-mail: usha.rani@manipal.edu

Online published on 21 August, 2018.

Abstract

Background

Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) 2006–2015, World Health Organization mentions death of over 2 million children of less than five years of age and approximately 1 million children suffer lifelong disability annually in India This study focuses on creating awareness about vaccine reminder system and evaluating the effectiveness of the vaccine reminder system among the nursing mothers, carried out in South Canara district of Karnataka, India.

Methods

We considered nursing mothers of new-born babies aged 0–3 weeks for participation. This experimental study is conducted among 125 participants using computerized random sampling sequence. The participants were then divided into intervention and control group. The intervention group were enrolled for receiving short message service (SMS) reminders. The awareness about the ‘vaccine reminder system’ was assessed among both the groups of mothers.

Results

We report that 66% of the mothers in the intervention group and 57.50% of the mothers in the non-intervention group were unaware about the immunization reminder system before the birth of their child. After follow up with the mothers at 6th week and 10th week, we observed that immunization reminder system was effective to increase the vaccination coverage in the intervention group compared to the vaccination coverage in the non-intervention group. All the participants showed higher user satisfaction with almost all parents in the intervention (45%) and non-intervention (55%) willingly expressing their interest in receiving short message service reminders in the future.

Conclusion

IAP-Immunize India can be a novel step to persuade all parents to vaccinate their child on time thereby reducing the India's disturbingly high infant mortality rate.

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Keywords

Nursing mothers, Immunization reminder system, Short message reminders, Appointments, Timeliness.

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