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Recordkeeping and Physician Certification of Measles Immunization Status

HALLEY S. FAUST, MD, MPH; Marilyn Lee, RN, MS, MPA; Robert Scranton, RS, MPH; Larry Brilliant, MD, MPH; James Koopman, MD, MPH
Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(2):203-204. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130140073021.
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The recent federally sponsored objective of achieving immunization levels of at least 90% in US children by 19791 is predicated on the assumption that all links in the chain of immunization recordkeeping are appropriately maintained, honestly evaluated, and fully reported. I report here an epidemic that demonstrates how these records can break down at two levels of reporting: the physician's office and the school.

Report of a Case. In February 1978, the Livingston County Health Department, Howell, Mich, received a school-initiated report that an open classroom elementary school with an enrollment of 512 students had eight cases of measles. The index case, an 8-year-old second-grader, was identified. We were unable to determine the index case's initial exposure; however, the potential for exposure was high as during this time in Michigan there were numerous outbreaks of measles in different communities around the state, including a large outbreak at one of


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