Effect of the conditional cash transfer program Oportunidades on vaccination coverage in older Mexican people

by Aarón Salinas-Rodríguez† and Betty S Manrique-Espinoza
BMC International Health and Human Rights 2013, 13:30 (8 July 2013)

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Immunization is one of the most effective ways of preventing illness, disability and death from infectious diseases for older people. However, worldwide immunization rates are still low, particularly for the most vulnerable groups within the elderly population. The objective of this study was to estimate the effect of the Oportunidades – an incentive-based poverty alleviation program – on vaccination coverage for poor and rural older people in Mexico. The results of this study extend the evidence on the effect that conditional transfer programs exert on health indicators. In particular, Oportunidades increased vaccination rates in the population of older people.

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