Limited information on coverage and exact age at administration of mandatory vaccinations is available in Italy through routine channels. A survey aimed at estimating mandatory vaccination rates and identifying reasons for missed vaccinations was conducted in nine Italian Regions using the cluster sampling survey methodology developed by WHO within the Expanded Programme on Immunizations. The Regions, voluntarily participating in the survey, account for 40% of all Italian newborns. Coverage for full immunization with DT and polio among children aged up to 23 months was found to be above 90% in all the Regions, except for Campania. Vaccination against HBV, recently added to the mandatory immunizations, has been administered to between 53% and 92%. Only 50% of the children had been vaccinated at the recommended age in the first year of life. The most frequently reported reason for deferring vaccinations was illness of the child. More accurate information on true and false contraindications to vaccination should be provided to parents. Moreover a timely and reliable system for monitoring vaccine coverage should be set up in all Italian Regions.
|Translated title of the contribution||Mandatory vaccination coverage in seven Italian Regions|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health