Timeliness of MMR vaccination and barriers to vaccination in preschool children

Y. W. Jeong, B. H. Park, K. H. Kim, Y. R. Han, U. Y. Go, W. S. Choi, K. A. Kong, H. Park

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The documented vaccine coverage rate of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination is almost 99% in Korea, but measles cases are constantly being reported. This study evaluated the vaccine coverage, timeliness, and barriers to immunization of measles vaccination in preschool children in Korea. We assessed 452 children aged 15-23 months and 300 children aged 4-6 years in September 2007. Questionnaires were administered in order to estimate measles vaccination rate, its timeliness and barriers to vaccine uptake. Being unaware of the necessity for vaccination and its schedule, child being sick during the recommended vaccination period, and recommended vaccination period not being over were significant preventive factors to timely vaccination (P<005). Children with working mothers, single parents, those not being cared for by their parents, and those younger among siblings were at a higher risk of not being vaccinated on time. In order to increase timely vaccination, accurate information should be delivered and a systematic approach should be targeted to high-risk groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2011


  • Measles (rubeola)
  • vaccination (immunization)
  • vaccine-preventable diseases


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