One year ago, medical experts recommended the just-licensed varicella vaccine as a much-needed and anxiously awaited weapon against chickenpox.

Today, reports indicate some physicians are not routinely administering the vaccine while others face insurance reimbursement difficulties that might hamper its availability to patients.

"We really haven't started giving it routinely." Illinois pediatrician Steve Lin, M.D., said. "We have a problem with reimbursement. That's the holdup."

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