International Journal of Medicine and Public Health,2011,1,3,17-21.
The study was aimed at evaluating immunization coverage against Tuberculosis, Poliomyelitis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and Measles. The data was taken from a sufficiently large study that adopted multi stage and systematic random sampling. The current paper aims at reporting the evaluated coverage in Bellary district and discusses addressing gaps in coverage of vaccine preventable diseases. We have reported in our earlier papers that parental recall was better than immunization card for reflecting immunization coverage, and improvement in immunization coverage was due to special immunization sessions (catch up sessions) and supportive supervision. In this paper, we present the estimates of vaccine coverage under national program. We also discuss the shortfalls responsible for drop in immunization coverage.