can also help providers acquire a better understanding of the various communities they serve.

  • Professional credentialing. In their credentialing role, professional organizations such as medical specialty boards can devote more attention to appropriate provider training regarding immunization. Providers can be required to demonstrate an understanding of the care embodied in the Standards for Pediatric Immunization Practices or comparable practice guidelines.

  • Acceptance of new vaccines. CDC and other responsible organizations can plan for greater variation in provider acceptance of at least some new vaccines. Differences in provider acceptance of new vaccines may affect how the schedule of recommended immunizations is interpreted and how immunization levels are assessed.

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