The following article from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Coding and Nomenclature and Task Force on Immunizations was published in the December 2008 issue of AAP News and is reprinted here with permission. We thought it important to reprint the article to keep you current on the hard work of AAP committees and task forces and their members.

New combination vaccines* approved in the last five years have made it possible to give children one injection instead of two or three to immunize them against vaccinepreventable diseases. However, physicians who use these vaccines are paid only one immunization administration fee, compared with two or three fees using the individual component vaccines.

This payment reduction stands as a significant barrier to the adoption of combination vaccines, which clearly benefit children and may be preferred by parents. The Academy is committed to finding ways to facilitate the use of...

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