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Prediction of immunisation performance

Global Institute of Public Health, New York University, NY, USA.
The Lancet (Impact Factor: 45.22). 02/2013; 381(9864):349-50. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)62165-5
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    • "A recent systematic review identifies problems related to the immunization systems, communication and information, family characteristics and parental attitudes and knowledge (13). In cross-national studies, inferior immunization outcomes have been associated with several development indicators, such as low female literacy and poor governance (14). Although vaccinations are given, there may be substantial delays in providing them compared to the recommended age of vaccination. "
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