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May 4, 2009

Vaccine Financing in the United States: An Emerging Crisis

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(5):485-487. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.70

Over the past several decades, financing has emerged as a crucial element in the delivery of vaccines to US children. Until recently, an existing patchwork of financing from the public and private sectors has ensured that the vast majority of children have access to vaccines. However, recent stresses to this system have resulted in a growing crisis for both patients and providers. In this editorial, we trace the roots of this crisis, discuss its impact on patients and providers, and consider possible solutions to ensure that access to vaccines is preserved for all children.