What is it about?

We conducted a study in Indonesia to understand why some children receive all their recommended vaccinations while others don't. Immunizations help protect children from serious diseases. We looked at data from over 3,000 mothers and their children. We found that about 37% of children aged 12 to 23 months had received all their vaccines. Mothers with fewer children and better economic status were more likely to vaccinate their children fully. We also saw that where and how a mother gave birth, as well as her access to healthcare, influenced vaccination rates. This study highlights the need for strategies to make vaccines more accessible and culturally relevant for all children in Indonesia.

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Why is it important?

Our study focuses on a critical aspect of public health – childhood immunization – in Indonesia. Vaccines are essential for preventing diseases and ensuring the health of children. With vaccination rates still needing improvement in certain areas, our research provides valuable insights into the factors influencing complete immunization. As governments worldwide emphasize the importance of immunization, our study's findings can contribute to designing more effective vaccination programs. By understanding the barriers and motivations for vaccination, we hope to aid in the development of strategies that increase vaccination rates, protect children's health, and reduce the burden of preventable diseases.


By shedding light on the factors that influence vaccination rates, we can work towards creating comprehensive and effective immunization programs that leave no child behind. This research is a small contribution towards a larger goal of ensuring that children everywhere have the opportunity to grow up healthy and protected from preventable diseases.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Factors associated with complete immunizations coverage among Indonesian children aged 12–23 months, Children and Youth Services Review, January 2020, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104651.
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