Islamabad: According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, 18% Pakistanis were reluctant to give vaccine to their youngest child; 82% of these individuals eventually gave their child the vaccination. Reluctance is highest for polio (71%).
A nationally representative sample of adult men and women, with youngest child below the age of 5, from across the four provinces was asked “Were you ever reluctant to get your youngest child vaccinated? If so, which vaccine were you reluctant to give?” Responding to this, 18% said they were reluctant compared to 81% who said they were not.
1% did not respond. When asked the name of the vaccine, 71% mentioned polio drops, 10% said vaccination for TB and 12% replied measles. 7% said they were reluctant to get their youngest child vaccinated against whooping cough.
Respondents were then asked, “You said you were reluctant/hesitant” to get your youngest child vaccinated but did you eventually have him/her vaccinated or did you skip that vaccine?” In response, 82% said they got their child immunized compared to 16% who said they skipped the vaccine. 2% did not respond.
Question: “You said you were reluctant/hesitant to get your youngest child vaccinated but did you eventually have him/her vaccinated or did you skip that vaccine?”
The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International.
The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 687 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country, during Mar 31, 2014 – Apr 07, 2014. Error margin is estimated to be approximately ± 2-3 per cent at 95% confidence level.