Sick-visit immunizations

September 1, 2013

Do sick-visit immunizations dampen parental incentive to return for missed well-baby examinations?

Do sick-visit immunizations dampen parental incentive to return for missed well-baby examinations? Apparently not, according to an examination of subsequent immunization levels and routine well-baby visits when sick visits for acute otitis media took the place of routine well-baby visits at 2, 4, or 6 months of age among a health plan population. No differences were detected in immunization rates or well-baby visits through 24 months of age between infants who received sick-visit immunizations and those who did not (Robison SG. Pediatrics. 2013;132[1]:44-48).

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