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Front Pediatr. 2019 May 1;7:173. doi: 10.3389/fped.2019.00173. eCollection 2019.

Incomplete Vaccination Among Children With Special Health Care Needs in Zhejiang, China: Analysis of Retrospective Data.

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Department of Child Health Care, Children's Hospital Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China.


Objective: There is a lack of data relating to vaccination of children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and its influencing factors in China. We investigated the disease spectrum of CSHCN at the Vaccination Consultation Clinic in Zhejiang province as well as the underlying factors of vaccination recommendations of these children. Methods: In this study, we retrospectively analyzed the data of 4,525 CSHCN, who visited to our clinic for a vaccination consultation from January 1, 2016 to May 30, 2018. Descriptive data were presented as mean ± standard deviation (SD) and percentages. Multivariate analysis was performed with non-conditional bivariate logistic regression to identify the underlying factors of vaccination recommendations. Subsequent information regarding the following vaccination and the occurrence of AEFI were also collected and analyzed. Results: The main diseases consulted were those relating to the circulatory and nervous systems as well as neonatal diseases. The distribution of diseases varied by age: 53.6% infants under 12 months were counseled for circulatory system diseases, while 44.6% children aged 12~24 months and 54.7% children over 25 months were counseled for nervous system diseases. According to the evaluation reports issued by the consultation clinic, 75.0% of CSHCN were recommended to be vaccinated normally, 21.2% were recommended to defer specific vaccination, while only 3.8% were recommended to defer all vaccinations. In logistic regression analysis, age, history of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and the number of diseases combined were all strong correlative factors for vaccination recommendations. Children who were aged over 25-month-old (OR = 1.34, 95%CI: 1.11-1.61) or had a history of AEFI (OR = 3.77, 95%CI: 2.83~5.01) or those who had numerous diseases combined (OR = 2.00, 95%CI: 1.46~2.75) tended to have a higher rate of deferred vaccination recommendation. Among those CSHCN who received nationally-recommended vaccines, the estimated AEFI rate was 24.29/100 000. No uncommon or rare serious adverse reactions were detected. Conclusion: Age, history of AEFI, and the number of diseases combined were important factors that affected the vaccination recommendations of CSHCN. Most CSHCN can be safely vaccinated according to the nationally-recommended schedule.


adverse events following immunization; children with special care needs; contraindication; correlative factors; vaccination

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