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March 4, 1992

Grants to Help Increase US Children's Immunity

JAMA. 1992;267(9):1175. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480090017005

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ANOTHER STEP has been taken toward vaccinating more preschool children. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ, is granting $9 million to develop systems for keeping track of the 1.2 million preschool children who are unimmunized or inadequately immunized against nine pediatric diseases.

"This is an important concept that has become an issue for us in the past year, " says Roger Bernier, PhD, assistant director for science in the Immunization Division, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga. A registry would make it possible to track all the children in the United States and assess overall immunization coverage levels, and would include a recall and reminder system to bring back children (who have had an initial series of shots) for subsequent doses, according to Bernier.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, Ill, also has lent its support to a registry for immunization records of preschool children in the private