Understanding vaccine hesitancy in polio eradication in northern Nigeria

Publish Date: October 2017
Author: Sebastian Taylor, Mahmud Khan, Ado Muhammad, Okey Akpala, Marit van Strien, Chris Morry, Warren Feek, Ellyn Ogden

Vaccine hesitancy constitutes a major threat to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), and to further expansion of routine immunisation. Understanding hesitancy, leading in some cases to refusal, is vital to the success of GPEI. This article explains the method, findings and conclusions to a recent study in northern Nigeria that sought to understand factors at household and community level associated with propensity to refuse polio vaccine.

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