INTRODUCTION: In our study, we aimed to identify the vaccination rates in hospitalized children by analyzing their immunization records and the factors that affect vaccination status.
METHODS: In our study, we have analyzed cases 3-48 months of age old who were hospitalized between 2006-2008 in Kartal Dr. Lütfi Kırdar Training and Research Hospital, Pediatric Health and Diseases Clinics. The immunization registration forms saved by the parents were inspected and saved in the questionnaire sheets.
RESULTS: The study group included 218 (43.4%) female and 284 (56.6%) male, total 502 cases while mean birth weight of the children was 3067.0±690.3 grams. Mean duration of exclusive breastfeeding was found 3.5 (1.0-20.0) months. Vaccination rate analysis of the 502 cases, 379 (75.5%) cases was fully vaccinated, whereas 123 (24.5%) cases children received incomplete vaccination.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: We have encountered inadequate childhood vaccination rates in hospitalized children.