Volume 30 - Article 67 | Pages 1825-1848
Gender differentials in the timing of measles vaccination in rural India
|Date received:||08 Jul 2013|
|Date published:||11 Jun 2014|
|Keywords:||age-appropriateness, gender, India, Measles vaccination|
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Background: Measles is a highly contagious but vaccine-preventable disease. Gender differences in measles vaccination outcomes have been widely reported in India.
Objective: An overlooked factor is whether female children are less likely to be vaccinated age-appropriately.
Methods: In this paper we use data from the nationally representative 2008 District Level Household Survey (DLHS) to analyse if there are any gender differences in the propensity to vaccinate a child for measles, and, among the vaccinated sample, whether there are any gender differences in the probability of age-appropriate measles vaccination.
Results: Our analysis confirms that girls have both a significantly lower probability of being vaccinated and of being vaccinated age-appropriately.
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