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Discrepancies Between Protocols of Immunization Targeting Internationally Adopted Children in Western Countries

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Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Viale GB Morgagni 48, 50134 Florence, Italy
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Meyer Children’s University Hospital, Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini 24, 50139 Florence, Italy
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Vaccines 2020, 8(1), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines8010075 (registering DOI)
Received: 31 December 2019 / Revised: 30 January 2020 / Accepted: 5 February 2020 / Published: 7 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vaccination and Vaccine Effectiveness)
The immunization status of Internationally Adopted Children (IAC) newly arrived in the adoptive country require a timely assessment and completion of necessary vaccinations. In fact, due to their frequent suboptimal immunization status, IAC are at high risk for vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs). Comparative analysis of immunization protocols adopted in European countries, United States, and Canada disclosed different approaches to the immunization of these children. In order to guarantee the continuity of paediatric immunization schedules that may have been interrupted in countries of origin, a homogeneous and internationally shared standard of immunization in the management of IAC should be provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: vaccination; immunization protocols; internationally adopted children vaccination; immunization protocols; internationally adopted children
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Alimenti, C.M.; Bechini, A.; Boccalini, S.; Bonanni, P.; Galli, L.; Chiappini, E. Discrepancies Between Protocols of Immunization Targeting Internationally Adopted Children in Western Countries. Vaccines 2020, 8, 75.

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