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Health Agencies Update
August 25, 2004

Undervaccination of Children

JAMA. 2004;292(8):916. doi:10.1001/jama.292.8.916-a

Each year 2.1 million children in the United States aged 1 to 3 years receive few or no vaccines, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, Ga. Undervaccinated children tended to be black, have a young and unmarried mother without a college degree, live near the poverty level, and reside in a central city. Unvaccinated children tended to be white, have a married mother with a college degree, live in a household with an annual income over $75 000, and have parents concerned about vaccine safety (Pediatrics. 2004;114:187-195).