Immunization is the process of conferring increased resistance to an infectious disease by a
means other than experiencing the natural infection. It is a simple, safe and effective way of
protecting children and adults against some diseases that can cause serious illnesses and sometimes
deaths. And if they are protected, they will not be able to pass the infection on to other people
especially very young babies who have not been fully immunized yet. Childhood immunization is
an act of inducing immunity to a child by applying a vaccine that almost guarantees protection from
many major diseases. Immunization remains one of the most important public health interventions
and a cost effective strategy to reduce both the morbidity and mortality associated with infectious
diseases and to keep a child health from different types of maladies and malaise.
The study aimed at investigating the knowledge and perception of parents on childhood
immunization in Lugalo General Military Hospital along Kawe ward community in Tanzania by
analyzing the hypothesis that determined the relationships between socio-demographic variables
and awareness of childhood immunization and relationships between socio-demographic variables
and perception to childhood immunization.
This was done through a micro economic approach by combining both theoretical
considerations and strong empirical evidence in descriptive cross-sectional study involved 80
parents responded among the Kawe ward comminty members in proportion to their importance in
making the whole community of Kawe, were selected by using a stratified sampling technique.
The study established that however high percentage of the respondents were aware about
childhood immunization and its importance and that childhood immunization could prevent
childhood sickness (95%), but more than half percentage of the respondents (56.3%) had incorrect
knowledge about childhood immunization schedule, (56.3%) had no exact knowledge of vaccine
formulation and in the same time (25%) and (50%) of the respondents strongly agreed and agreed
that fears of monor side effects plays a great hurdles for adoption of vaccination.
The need for policy guidelines to manage all aspects of risk-knowledge and perception of
parents on childhood immunization in Kawe community and in the healthcare settings most
especially at the primary health care level need to be considered.
KALONGOLA, J (2021). Knowledge And Perception Of Parents On Childhood Immunization In Lugalo General Military Hospital, Tanzania. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-perception-of-parents-on-childhood-immunization-in-lugalo-general-military-hospital-tanzania
KALONGOLA, JOSEPH "Knowledge And Perception Of Parents On Childhood Immunization In Lugalo General Military Hospital, Tanzania" Afribary. Afribary, 11 Jun. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-perception-of-parents-on-childhood-immunization-in-lugalo-general-military-hospital-tanzania. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.
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KALONGOLA, JOSEPH . "Knowledge And Perception Of Parents On Childhood Immunization In Lugalo General Military Hospital, Tanzania" Afribary (2021). Accessed October 19, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/knowledge-and-perception-of-parents-on-childhood-immunization-in-lugalo-general-military-hospital-tanzania