Despite red tape, most pediatricians are supportive of national vaccination program

Jannie Delucca

Despite bureaucratic hurdles, the vast majority of pediatricians want to keep participating in a national program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children who are on Medicaid, uninsured, or who are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

The Vaccine For Children Program was created in 1993 to keep children from contracting vaccine-preventable diseases due to an inability to pay for the drugs. Since then, it has increased vaccination rates, decreased vaccine-preventable illnesses and reduced social and racial disparities among those inoculated.

The study, published online in the journal Pediatrics, examined pediatrician participation in the program.


The researchers sent surveys to 471 pediatricians, with 372 responding. They asked how many of the doctors participated in the program, the perceived burdens of taking part, their experiences and practices in stocking the vaccines and their views on a bigger reimbursement for

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Students flock to study quant finance in record numbers

Jannie Delucca

Record numbers of students have signed up to study quantitative finance, as demand for the roles within investment companies far outstrips supply.

Fitch Group, the financial data and education company, accepted 600 enrollees on to its certificate of quantitative finance programme this year, a 20 per cent rise on last year’s intake and the highest level since it launched in 2003. A third of the students came from India and China, which have become hotbeds for quant recruiters.

“There is definitely a skills shortage in quant finance,” said Randeep Gug, managing director of Fitch Learning. “The CQF was designed to fill that gap.”

Since launching 17 years ago, more than 5,000 professionals have taken the qualification worldwide. The course, which costs about $20,000, is mainly delivered online and takes six months to complete.

Mr Gug said the CQF was initially popular with developers of exotic investment vehicles such as structured

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