Appropriate strategy for immunisation of children in India 3. Community-based annual pulse (cluster) immunisation

T. Jacob John, Mark C. Steinhoff

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A strategy of annual pulse vaccination is proposed as the most appropriate technique for achieving high immunisation rates in our country. Because vaccine is taken to children in their communities on announced dates, acceptance will be much higher than with conventional clinic vaccination. A simplified immunisation schedule and a family-retained record are used to reduce complexity. Vaccines and other materials are managed at a district level; the local arrangements for vaccination are made by the PHC staff and village level workers. The advantages of this technique include higher coverage, shortened and strengthened cold chain, reduced red tape for recipients of vaccine, the involvement of private health institutions in a national campaign, and a strengthening of the PHC system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-683
Number of pages7
JournalThe Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 1981



  • Pulse immunization
  • Strategy for immunization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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