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J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2008 May;19(2):596-610. doi: 10.1353/hpu.0.0000.

Immunization levels among inner city children enrolled in subsidized childcare.

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University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL 32209, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Measure immunization rates in subsidized child care and determine whether the population is representative of inner city preschool children.

METHODS:

We identified 156 children, ages 0-60 months, in 14 inner-city child care centers enrolled in subsidized care and obtained demographic and immunization information. ZIP-code distribution of sample children was correlated with similarly aged children from the 2000 Census (family incomes .150% of poverty).

RESULTS:

The overall subsidized child care population was geographically similar to all low-income children, ages 0-5, in Jacksonville (r.0.94). Only 73.3% were up-to-date at 3 months and 44.2% at 12 months of age (3 DTaP, 2 HIB, 2 IPV, 3 Hep B).

DISCUSSION:

Our findings support the contention that children in subsidized child care are geographically representative of low-income, inner city preschool children. This study suggests that children enrolled in subsidized child care are both potentially underserved and an accessible window into the inner-city preschool population.

PMID:
18469430
DOI:
10.1353/hpu.0.0000
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