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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
October 23/30, 2013

Teen Immunization Rates Improve, But HPV Vaccination Lags Behind

JAMA. 2013;310(16):1668. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.279070

Despite recent increases in adolescents’ vaccination rates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cautions that clinicians are missing opportunities to vaccinate girls and boys, especially against human papillomavirus (HPV).

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that at age 11 or 12 years, adolescents receive 1 dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine; 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY) vaccine; and 3 doses of HPV vaccine. ACIP also recommends that clinicians give all age-appropriate vaccines at the same visit. (Subsequent visits would be needed for the 3-dose HPV schedule.) For most of the vaccines, the track record in recent years has improved.

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