India's vaccine deficit: Why more than half of Indian children are not fully immunized, and what can-and should-be done

Ramanan Laxminarayan, Nirmal Kumar Ganguly

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Abstract

Although India is a leading producer and exporter of vaccines, the country is home to one-third of the world's unimmunized children. Fewer than 44 percent of India's young children receive the full schedule of immunizations. India's vaccine deficit has several causes: little investment by the government; a focus on polio eradication at the expense of other immunizations; and low demand as a consequence of a poorly educated population and the presence of anti-vaccine advocates. In this article we describe India's vaccine deficit and recommend that the government move quickly to increase spending on, and otherwise strengthen, national immunization programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1103
Number of pages8
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy

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