Immunization Status of Children and Its Association with Maternal Education

  • Muhammad Ahmed 4th year Medical Student, RMU
  • Maria Sharif 4th year Medical Student, RMU
  • Ali Sufyan 4th year Medical Student, RMU
  • Mudassir Sharif Bhatti Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, RMU
  • Rai Muhammad Asghar3 Dean of Paediatrics, RMU
Keywords: Immunization status, Vaccination, Maternal Education


Background: The Expanded Programme on Immunization was implemented in Pakistan in 1978 in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF. Pakistan being a developing country is still struggling to meet its goals. Educational status and knowledge of the mother has a key role in the success of immunization programme.
Objective: To assess the immunization status of children and the impact of maternal level of education on the immunization status of children between the ages of 15-36 months at RMU Allied Hospitals.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on 380 respondents visiting Outpatient Department of Paediatrics, RMU allied hospitals. Mothers of the children of age group 15-36 months were included in the study via non-probability consecutive sampling technique and were interviewed using a structured questionnaire. Statistical data was analyzed using SPSS version 23.
Results: 303 (79.7%) of the children were fully immunized, 66 (17.9%) were partially immunized and 11 (2.9%) had not received any immunization. 115 (68.04%) children of illiterate mothers, 145 (87.7%) children of mothers with education up to matriculation and 43 (93.47%) children of mothers with higher education were fully vaccinated.
Conclusion: Vaccination status of children presenting at RMU allied hospitals was quite satisfactory. Mothers who have attained a higher degree of education are more likely to completely vaccinate their child as compared to those with a lower level of education or those who are uneducated.

How to Cite
Ahmed M, Sharif M, Sufyan A, Sharif Bhatti M, Muhammad Asghar3R. Immunization Status of Children and Its Association with Maternal Education. JRMC [Internet]. 8Jan.2019 [cited 19Oct.2021];22(S-2):57-0. Available from: