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August 17, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Study finds barriers to Asian kids' shots
Language, costs among concerns
By Angelique Soenarie, Tribune staff reporter

Although a national survey says Asian-American children rank highest in getting immunizations for childhood diseases, a local study says language and cultural barriers may result in problems for Chicago-area children in the future.

A nine-month study by the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois on six Asian communities in Chicago identified barriers that prevent children from getting immunization: language problems, cost, a lack of explanation on health information, difficulty in scheduling appointments and choice of quality providers.

The communities included were Chinese, Laotian, Cambodian, Korean, Vietnamese and South Asian.

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