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September 8, 1993

Giving Pediatric Immunizations the Priority They Deserve

Author Affiliations

Pediatric Associates of Cheshire (Conn)

JAMA. 1993;270(10):1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510100049028

To the Editor.  —I would like to question why Dr Shalala1 omitted such immunizations as pertussis, rubella, and Haemophilus influenzae type B and instead included hepatitis B.If, in fact, the statistics regarding full immunizations by the age of 2 years included hepatitis B, it is hard to understand how so many were indeed immunized since the use of hepatitis B vaccine first became prevalent in the fall of 1992.I agree that not enough children receive adequate immunizations, but I wonder at the statistics.