RISK COMMUNICATION INFORMATION AND COMPLIANCE: CHILD VACCINATION AND PREVENTION OF DISEASES AMONG REGISTERED LACTATING MOTHERS IN THE SOUTH EAST

Allen Nnanwuba Adum, Uche Victor Ebeze, Uchenna Patricia Ekwugha, Charles Chukwuemeka Okika

Abstract


Child vaccination forms the bedrock of warding off some diseases which could lead to infant mortality. The purpose of this study was to look at risk communication information and compliance in regard to child vaccination and prevention of diseases among lactating mothers in south  east Nigeria. For the purpose of this study, health belief model was used to explain the engagement or lack of engagement in health promoting behavior. The survey design was used to carry out this study; 390 copies of the questionnaire containing a 17 question items was used. The data collected was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and presented using simple frequency tables and Pie Chart. Results indicate that most lactating mothers are aware of the risk of not vaccinating a child but they rarely comply with the prompting to vaccinate their children.


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