VoICE Immunization Evidence: Health inequity
In some settings, malnourished children are less likely to be immunized. Malnutrition, combined with the increased vulnerability to infection and death, make malnourished children especially vulnerable.
Key Evidence: In urban residents in the Democratic Republic of Congo, chronically malnourished children were less likely to have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine compared to healthy children.
Ashbaugh, H.R., Hoff, N.A., Doshi, R. H., et al. 2018. Predictors of measles vaccination coverage among children 6–59 months of age in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Vaccine. 36(4).