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Volume 23, Number 1—January 2017

Oral Cholera Vaccine Coverage during an Outbreak and Humanitarian Crisis, Iraq, 2015

Eugene Lam1Comments to Author , Wasan Al-Tamimi, Steven Paul Russell, Muhammad Obaid-ul Islam Butt, Curtis Blanton, Altaf Sadrudin Musani, and Kashmira A. Date
Author affiliations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (E. Lam, S.P. Russell, C. Blanton, K. Date); World Health Organization, Baghdad, Iraq (W. Al-Tamimi, M.O.I. Butt, A.S. Musani)

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Table 5

OCV campaign information sources and cholera-associated messages reported seen or heard by survey respondents in refugee camps, internally displaced persons camps, and collective centers targeted for vaccination, Iraq, 2015*

Information source and type Frequency Weighted estimate, % (95% CI)
Source for information about campaign
Television 1,046 19 (15–24)
Neighbors or friends 599 13 (10–16)
Radio 315 12 (9–17)
MoH staff or vaccinators 579 7 (5–10)
Poster or banner 521 7 (5–9)
Schools 88 3 (2–6)
Community mobilizer 62 3 (2–6)
SMS text messages 57 3 (2–5)
Mosque announcements 62 1 (0.3–3)
The Internet
<1 (<0.1–0.2)
Received nonvaccine information during campaign
55 (49–61)
Nonvaccine information heard or seen during campaign
Wash hands with soap and water 2,023 33 (28–39)
Cook food thoroughly 930 14 (11–18)
Wash vegetables and fruits 1,413 13 (10–16)
Boil water 794 15 (12–18)
Clean cooking utensils and vessels 635 6 (4–8)
Dispose of human waste properly 519 5 (4–7)
Drink and use water treated with chlorine products 334 4 (3–7)
Go to health center if I have cholera 312 4 (3–6)
Take ORS if I have cholera
3 (1–6)
Do not know or do not remember
<1 (0.1–0.4)
*MoH, Ministry of Health; OCV, oral cholera vaccine; ORS, oral rehydration solution; SMS, short message service.

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1Current affiliation: Bureau of Immunization, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York, USA.

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