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May 20, 1992

Falsification of an Immunization Certificate

JAMA. 1992;267(19):2605-2606. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480190047026

To the Editor.  —A 6-year-old boy presented to the University of Connecticut Family Medicine office for well-child care. He had just arrived in the United States, having received al1 prior care in Europe. The parents brought an immunization certificate that listed the following immunizations and dates: BCG vaccine (January 16, 1985); polio (February 27, 1985; May 31, 1985; November 27,1985); diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) (April 24, 1985; May 31,1985; June 20,1985; December 26,1986; November 29, 1987); and measles (February 1, 1986).However, according to the parents, their child had only received one or two parenteral and oral immunizations because of a local vaccine shortage. The parents were not told what immunizations were given and had never seen their child's immunization records. The immunization certificate was filled out when the family was leaving Romania and the parents did not know how the information on the certificate was obtained.Because the validity of