A RECENT study by Blue Cross/Blue Shield indicates that children across the United States have missed at least 25% of their recommended childhood immunizations in the past year.

Because of the wording used in that survey, many health officials say they believe even more immunization milestones have been missed and consequently there will be higher rates of childhood diseases in the coming years. In addition, many of these children have missed other medical visits that are designed to find vision problems, hernias, scoliosis, cancer or childhood diabetes – creating concerns that treatable conditions will go undiagnosed.

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