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The Conundrum of Combination Vaccines

Matthew M. Davis, MD, MAPP
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(12):1171-1172. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.219.
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One of 5 pediatricians in the United States does not use combination vaccines on a regular basis.1 This lack of uniformity is a problem, because in the context of an increasingly more complex set of national vaccine recommendations for newborns to 6-year-olds,2 combination vaccines help children get vaccinated in a more timely fashion.3 As a result, during the past decade, use of combination vaccines has become the standard of quality and the de facto standard of care.4 The fact that one-fifth of pediatricians do not meet this standard1 is an opportunity for quality improvement on a national scale.5

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