VoICE Immunization Evidence: Poverty
Children living in poverty are less likely to receive their vaccines on time, increasing their vulnerability to infections.
Key Evidence: In Tanzania, poverty was found to have a negative effect on receiving vaccines on time (at the recommended age). Children in the wealthiest quintile experienced 19% fewer delays for BCG vaccination, 23% fewer delays for the third dose of DTP vaccination, and 31% fewer delays for the first dose of measles-containing vaccine compared to children of the poorest quintile.
Le Polain de Waroux, O., Schellenberg, J.R., Manzi, F., et al. 2013. Timeliness and completeness of vaccination and risk factors for low and late vaccine uptake in young children living in rural southern Tanzania.. International Health. 5(2).