September 11, 1996

National Effort to Immunize Adolescents Begins

JAMA. 1996;276(10):766. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540100010004

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CONCERNED by a greater than one third increase in measles and an estimated 30 000 cases of hepatitis B among teenagers in the United States, infectious disease authorities are urging renewed efforts to immunize those entering adolescence against these diseases. They also draw attention to teenagers' need for a tetanus booster dose and recommend the use of varicella vaccine.

On September 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Ga, will issue No. RR-13 in its Recommendations and Reports series, Immunization of Adolescents: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Medical Association. The report presents a "new strategy [that] emphasizes vaccination of adolescents 11-12 years of age by establishing a routine visit to their health-care providers.... to (a) vaccinate adolescents who have not been previously vaccinated with varicella vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, or