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Minerva Pediatr. 2014 Jul 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Immunization status of children in foster care: the first italian data.

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  • 1Institute of Pediatrics, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy -



To evaluate vaccination coverage among children living in forest care.


Data come from paediatric evaluation of a sample of children in group--homes in Rome, between September 2011 and April 2012, and compared vs general population group.


About children in foster care it was found that 91/112 children (81.2%) had the vaccine coverage for all vaccines that compose the hexavalent (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, poliomyelitis and Haemophilus influenzae type b) vaccine;; 88/112 (78.6%) have been vaccinated for measles--mumps--rubella;; 10/112 (8.9%) were vaccinated with meningococcal vaccine;; 15/112 (13.4%) have been vaccinated with vaccine anti--pneumococcal. The data compared with general population showed a difference between the two groups (p<0.0001).


The vaccination status is an important gauge to evaluate the quality of assistance in children in the general population and more than in this vulnerable group of children.

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