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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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HASNAIN, S.  and  SHEIKH, N.H.. Causes of low tetanus toxoid vaccination coverage in pregnant women in Lahore district, Pakistan. East. Mediterr. health j. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.5, pp. 1142-1152. ISSN 1020-3397.

To assess the causes of low tetanus toxoid (TT) vaccination coverage in pregnant women a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods were adopted at the community, primary health care delivery and management levels in Lahore district, Pakistan. Out of a random sample of 362 women who had delivered during the previous 3 months, 87% recalled receiving 2 doses of TT. The main reasons for non-vaccination were poor knowledge about the importance of TT (32% of women) or the place and time to get vaccinated (18%). According to the managers and primary health care medical officers, the main reasons for low coverage were lack of awareness about the importance of vaccination among the public and misconceptions about TT vaccination (e.g. that it was a contraceptive).

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