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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Vaccine hesitancy in Nigeria: Contributing factors – way forward


1 Department of Community Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria
2 Department of Paediatrics, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria
3 Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Charles Sturt University, NSW, Australia

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Dr. Olorunfemi Akinbode Ogundele
Department of Community Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/NJGP.NJGP_28_19

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Vaccination coverage and program in Nigeria has continued to suffer setback in spite of various interventions. Vaccine hesitancy defined as a delay in the acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite the availability of vaccination services may be a cause of the poor trend in childhood immunization observed in Nigeria. The reasons why individuals hesitate or choose not to vaccinate vary across cultures and contexts. There is a need to develop context-specific strategies generated from local research to reduce vaccine hesitancy and improve vaccination uptake in the country.


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