In recognition of its educational efforts, the national research arm of Prudential HealthCare has been awarded $250,000 to further research into ways to increase immunization rates of young children.
The Warner Center-based managed-care provider will receive the funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Assn. of Health Plans.
Prudential was honored in 1996 by the association for its study of the causes of undervaccinating children and its educational efforts to promote timely immunizations, but this is the first monetary award for its research, said Peggy Frank Lyle, a Prudential spokeswoman.
The Prudential study found that an estimated 23% of the cases involved missed opportunities to vaccinate a child during a doctor visit for an illness, and 37% were not immunized because of a poor system of tracking a child's history, Lyle said.