Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal
Volume 25, Number 3
TITLE: Opinion of Caregivers and Midwives towards Hepatitis B Immunization in 3-5 year-old Children from Mawlamyaing and Thaton Townships
AUTHOR: Le Le Win; Khin May Oo; Win Maw Tun; Khin Sandar Oo; Thandar Min; Soe Moe Myat; Than Htein Win
SOURCE: Myanmar Health Sciences Research Journal. 2013; 25(3): 229-235
ABSTRACT: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Mon State during 2011, involving 1145 caregivers, i.e., parents and guardians; 574 from Thaton and 571 from Mawlamyaing Townships and 23 midwives; 8 from Thaton and 15 from Mawlarnyaing, respectively. All children of parents and guardians who participated in the study had been immunized with all 3 doses of hepatitis B (HB) vaccine at the time of study. However, a few parents and guardians were not aware that their children had already been immunized with all 3 doses of HB vaccine. Only some caregivers knew about the doses. immunization schedule and site of HB vaccine, and consequences and transmission of HB infection due to the lack of HB vaccine injection. With regards to opinion towards HB immunization, both types of respondents had good opinion. The findings showed that, although the caregivers recogniscd and well accepted the midwives, a few parents and guardians of the children followed the midwives' guidance. Although it seemed a small percentage, it should be seriously taken into consideration that it could be risk for the children and for the community. This indicated that it still needs to enhance the activity on dissemination about HB immunization to the community fix future generations. Hence, although some reported suggestions were not feasible to implement in near future, the suggestions should be taken into account for the benefit of HB immunization by the community.
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