Knowledge of the Childhood Immunization Schedule and of Contraindications to Vaccinate by Private and Public Providers in Los Angeles

Published In: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, v. 15, no. 2, Feb. 1996, p. 140-145

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1995

by David L. Wood, Neal Halfon, Margaret Pereyra, Julie Hamlin, Mark Grabowsky

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Presents results from a survey of 50 private physicians and 47 public health department physicians and nurses indicating that providers in the public and private sectors have important deficits in their knowledge of the immunization schedule and the appropriate contraindications to vaccinate. This lack of knowledge might lead to missed opportunities to vaccinate and low immunization coverage.

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