Do changes in policy affect vaccine coverage levels? Results of a national study to evaluate childhood vaccination coverage and reasons for missed vaccination in Italy.

Abstract

To evaluate the impact of actions taken in Italy since 1998 to improve vaccination coverage, a national EPI-survey was performed in 2003. Overall, 4602 children aged 12-24 months participated in the study; coverage was calculated for three doses of DT, polio, HBV, pertussis, and Hib, and for one dose of MMR/measles vaccine for children > or =16 months of age. Since 1998, when the last national survey was conducted, DT, polio, and HBV coverage have remained consistently high (95%), while pertussis, Hib, and MMR/measles significantly increased. Pertussis coverage reached the 95% target, and Hib is close to target (87%). Improving MMR coverage (77%), however, remains a national priority.

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@article{Atti2004DoCI, title={Do changes in policy affect vaccine coverage levels? Results of a national study to evaluate childhood vaccination coverage and reasons for missed vaccination in Italy.}, author={Marta Luisa Ciofi degli Atti and Maria Cristina Rota and Antonino Bella and Stefania Salmaso}, journal={Vaccine}, year={2004}, volume={22 31-32}, pages={4351-7} }