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The Pediatric Forum
September 2006

Denial of Insurance Authorization at a Subspecialty Office as a Cause of Missed Opportunities for Influenza Vaccination in Children With Asthma

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(9):987-988. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.9.987

Despite American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations that children with asthma receive yearly influenza vaccines,1 vaccination rates remain low.2 Visits to allergists are opportunities to vaccinate children with asthma, yet insurance authorization for vaccination is not uniformly granted to subspecialists. We prospectively followed up children with asthma for whom we could not obtain insurance authorization for influenza vaccinations in our allergy clinic to determine how many eventually received the vaccine.