Inner city children immunization rates lag behind national average

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Immunization rates among children living in the inner city and enrolled in subsidized health care are just over half of national averages, a recent study has found.

Immunization rates among children living in the inner city and enrolled in subsidized health care are just over half of national averages, a recent study has found.

The investigators examined data from subsidized day care records and found 156 children, between birth and age 60 months, in 14 inner-city child care centers enrolled in subsidized day care. Only 44.2% of the children in the study were up-to-date with immunization at 12 months.

By comparison, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 82% of 2-year-old children are up-to-date with immunization nationally, while 92% of children ages 19 to 35 months who live below the federal poverty level are up-to-date.

The findings were published in the May Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Undeserved.

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