Cross sectional survey of meningococcal C immunization in children looked after by local authorities and those living at home


Hill, Catherine M., Mather, Mary and Goddard, Jonathan (2003) Cross sectional survey of meningococcal C immunization in children looked after by local authorities and those living at home. British Medical Journal, 326, (7385), 364-365. (doi:10.1136/bmj.326.7385.364).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.364

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Children under the care of a local authority by voluntary agreement or by order of a court often have poor physical and mental health. On 31 March 2001, 75 601 children in England, Scotland, and Wales were looked after by local authorities. In 1998, the government invested £885m in social services through the Quality Protects programme (Children First in Wales) to improve public care. Compliance with immunisation schedules is an important health performance indicator of these programmes, although lack of immunisation may reflect neglect before, rather than after, a child enters public care. The national meningococcal C vaccine campaign in 1999 provided a unique opportunity to measure immunisation uptake in public care, unbiased by historical health neglect. We compared immunisation rates in children looked after by local authorities with that in children at home.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0959-8138 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Clinical Neurosciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Medical Education
ePrint ID: 40628
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:25
Contact Email Address: cmh2@soton.ac.uk
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/40628

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