Few, if any, public health measures have done more for the nation's well-being than have childhood immunizations. Despite the patently obvious benefit to individuals and to society as a whole, we continue to lag woefully behind other countries in our ability to adequately immunize children at recommended ages. The cost in dollars, in suffering, and in use of resources that could be better put to use to caring for unpreventable illness, is a national tragedy.

Although the reasons for this poor showing are complex, there is at least one piece that is straight-forward and can be altered without eradicating poverty or truly educating the populace.

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