Study published: Measles vaccination in a post-soviet context

2021-04-06

Image of a ball that looks lika a measles virus.
There has been a lack of knowledge about measles vaccination in post-Soviet

A study recently published in the scientific journal BMC Public Health has examined what factors are associated with measles vaccination of children in Armenia.

Measles vaccination in post-Soviet
According to WHO, measles caused the death of more than 140 000 people worldwide in 2018. The researchers chose to examine the situation in the former Soviet country Armenia, since there has been a lack of knowledge about measles vaccination in post-Soviet.

The study analyzed open data from surveys answered by 525 mothers in Armenia in 2015-2016, gathered by the health program Demographic and Health Surveys.

Factors associated with measles vaccination
It turned out that only 79.6% of the mothers’ children under the age of three were vaccinated against measles, which is lower than recommended. Three factors were significantly associated with measles vaccination of the child: higher age of the child, secondary education of the mother, and attendance at postnatal check-up.

Phot of Erik Olsson.
Associate Professor Erik Olsson.

Associate Professor Erik Olsson is one of the researchers behind the study.

– The results confirm the importance of mothers’ education and postnatal check-ups in order to increase measles vaccination of children, says Erik Olsson.

Read the full article “Factors associated with measles vaccination status in children under the age of three years in a post-soviet context: a cross-sectional study using the DHS VII in Armenia”. It is written by Annabell C Kantner, Sibylle Herzig van Wees, Erik MG Olsson and Shirin Ziaei.

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