oa Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection - Immunisation coverage estimates by cluster sampling survey of children (aged 12-23 months) in Gauteng province, 2003



Routine data using the district health information system indicated low immunisation coverage rates for Gauteng. The Guuteng Department of Health initiated a survey to verify coverage rates as immunisation and child health services are a priority for the province and immunisation is a corner stone of child health interventions. A standard Expanded Programme on immunisation (EPl) coverage survey with 30 randomly selected clusters with a minimum of seven children in each cluster was conducted in the province. The survey found that 79.1% (CI 71-87) of children were fully immunised. However, only just over 50% of children were immunised on time. Most children were taken to public sector facilities for immunisation services and there was no difference in coverage rates between the children who used the public sector compared to those who used the private sector. There were also no differences found by social class where housing type was used as a proxy for social class.


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