Journal of Community Medicine and Primary Health Care

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Short Communication: Age at BCG administration during routine immunization

RD Wammanda, MJ Gambo, I Abdulkadir


In Nigeria, as part of the National Programme on Immunization (NPI), BCG should be given at birth. A survey of the ages at which mothers bring their children for BCG vaccination showed that only 22% of children receive their BCG within the first 3 days of life and 36.2% within the first 7 days of life. The place of birth and whether a child was sick enough at birth to require hospital admission appears to be an important factor affecting the age at BCG administration.
Key Words: Age at administration; BCG
Journal of Community Medicine & Primary Health Care Vol.16(1) 2004: 33-35
AJOL African Journals Online