The article by Shefer et al1 in the January 1998 issue of the ARCHIVES provoked considerable discussion. While there is absolutely no question that we need to do more to make sure that all children are fully immunized according to the American Academy of Pediatrics/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention schedule and at the appropriate times, I have difficulty believing that linkage to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is the answer. Certainly it is no more the answer than linking immunizations to daycare attendance, emergency department visits, shopping excursions at the mall, or perhaps even to preventive health maintenance visits at the pediatrician's office.
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