The decline in vaccine-preventable diseases—a consequence of successful immunization campaigns—may have convinced some parents that these diseases are no longer a threat.
The authors are members of the PA program faculty at Elon University, Elon, North Carolina. Patti ragan is an associate professor, andDiane Duffy is director of clinical education.
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