Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sir Yes Sir! Some Sharp Points About Vaccine Coverage Rates in Military Dependents




          Are you aware the Military Health System provides universal coverage of all recommended childhood vaccines?  Are you aware that despite this, 28% of young children of military parents are not up-to-date on their recommended vaccines?  So how can this be in the setting of such universal coverage?   
     Dunn et al. (doi:10.1542/peds.2014-2101) compared vaccine coverage in military dependents to other non-military insured and uninsured children and found some disappointing results for children in military families. So why is this finding happening?  
      The authors inject some key thoughts into the discussion section of this article with the hope of designing better strategies to improve vaccination rates in military infants and toddlers.  March over to this early–released study and learn more.

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