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Standing orders for vaccines may improve pediatric vaccination rates

Key clinical point: 59% of surveyed pediatricians use standing orders for childhood immunizations.

Major finding: The biggest barrier to using standing orders for childhood immunizations is concern about administering the wrong vaccine, cited by 68% of respondents.

Study details: The findings are based on analysis of 372 responses to an Internet and mail survey of nationally representative pediatricians conducted during June-September 2017.

Disclosures: The research was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors had no relevant financial disclosures.


Cataldi J et al. Pediatrics. 2020 Apr 29;e20191855.