The resurgence of measles in urban preschool children who were not properly immunized has directed national attention to the inadequacy of and barriers to early-age immunizations.1 For the general population, less than 60% of children are believed to have completed their primary vaccination series by their second birthday.2 This percentage is far short of the year 2000 objectives established by the Public Health Service to have at least 90% of children younger than 2 years complete the recommended primary immunization series.3 The purpose of our study was to determine the immunization completeness of children in a military clinic receiving free, comprehensive medical care. These data were compared with the estimated immunization rates from the general population.
This study was designed to obtain extensive demographic information and current, accurate immunization information by using direct parent interview and actual immunization records. The most recently published surveys4-9 obtain information
Jones WS, Hall BH, Smalley C, Schelonka RL, Butzin CA, Ascher DP. Immunization Status of Preschool Children in a Military Clinic. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(9):986-989. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170090100018