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August 1989

Updating Immunization Status at Discharge

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of South Alabama 2451 Fillingim St Mobile, AL 36617

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(8):879-880. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150200015006

Sir.—Several benefits of a strategy to immunize children at the time of discharge from a community hospital were suggested recently.1 We assessed the costs and feasibility of implementing this program in our hospital over a 4-week period.

Materials and Methods.—The study was conducted at the Women's and Children's Hospital of the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile during the month of November 1988. Our facility is a regional tertiary care center. Overall, 42% of the medical expenses for admissions to the pediatrie floor are covered by private insurance carriers and 20% are covered by Medicaid. Thirty-eight percent of the patients are indigent. The immunization status of all children admitted to the general pediatrie service was assessed. The residents were asked to verify the information by asking the parents to bring in immunization records or by making telephone calls to previous health care providers. The