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Barriers and strategies to improve influenza vaccination in Pakistan


Farrukh, MJ and Ming, LC and Zaidi, STR and Khan, TM, Barriers and strategies to improve influenza vaccination in Pakistan, Journal of Infection and Public Health, 10, (6) pp. 881-883. ISSN 1876-0341 (2017) [Review Several Works]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jiph.2016.11.021


Influenza vaccination is strongly recommended by World Health Organisation on a yearly basis. The rate of immunization in Pakistan is suboptimal. High cost, traditional norms, customs and low levels of education in Pakistan are preventing people from getting vaccinated. It is timely to include influenza vaccination in the expanded programme on immunization (EPI), which is a disease prevention programme aiming to eradicate preventable diseases through subsidized or free immunization. The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Government of Pakistan should launch a national influenza vaccine policy in view of this current situation and oversee its implementation. Healthcare professionals should promote influenza vaccination and focus on high risk groups such as the elderly, pregnant women and children. Convincing and educating family members regarding immunization of pregnant women and follow-up with parents regarding a second influenza shot for their children will further improve vaccination rates in Pakistan.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Several Works
Keywords:vaccinations, influenza, pakistan, patients
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Infectious diseases
Objective Division:Manufacturing
Objective Group:Human pharmaceutical products
Objective Field:Human biological preventatives
UTAS Author:Ming, LC (Dr Long Ming)
UTAS Author:Zaidi, STR (Dr Tabish Razi Zaidi)
ID Code:123815
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2018-01-30
Last Modified:2018-01-30

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