Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Illness, Fear Get Kids Behind in Vaccines.(Final)

Byline: Jackie Jadrnak Journal Staff Writer

It would seem that keeping kids' immunizations up to date would be one of the simpler accomplishments in the world of medicine.

But health care professionals point to several factors that can cause kids to fall behind:

* Missed opportunities. Kids aren't missing immunizations because they can't get to a doctor's office, according to Steve Nickell, chief of the state's immunizations bureau. A Department of Health analysis shows that children behind in their shots had an average 5.9 visits to a health care provider in which they could have been brought up to date, he said. When a child comes for a rash or a cold, though, doctors aren't always checking to see if his or her shots are up to date. …

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