The discomfort and pain caused by vaccination may prevent some parents from having their young children vaccinated. Immunization uptake is good among school-age children, but uptake rates average only about 70% in younger children and figures as low as 25% have been reported at 19 months.1-4 Yet it would be important to achieve as high an immunization uptake as possible, since if the vaccination coverage is good enough, even nonvaccinated individuals will be protected by the herd immunity that hinders the occurrence of epidemics.1,5
Painful procedures are frightening, especially in infancy, when children do not understand what is happening to them.
- Received November 23, 1992.
- Accepted April 28, 1993.
- Copyright © 1993 by the American Academy of Pediatrics