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July 1987

Pediatricians' Immunization Consent Practices in Washington State

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Community Medicine (Ms Holt and Dr Marcuse), and the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Marcuse and Coombs) and Family Practice (Dr Coombs), University of Washington, Seattle; Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Seattle (Ms Holt and Drs Marcuse and Coombs); and Tacoma (Wash) General Hospital (Dr Coombs).

Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(7):734-735. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460070036017

• A survey of Washington state pediatricians and allied health professionals showed that two thirds provide written information to parents on diphtheriatetanus-pertussis; measles-mumps-rubella; and oral polio vaccines. Twentytwo percent of pediatricians provide written information on inactivated polio vaccine. Sixty-two percent of pediatricians who give immunizations require a parent's signature as evidence of having provided information or obtained consent.

(AJDC 1987;141:734-735)