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June 6, 2011

Increasing Adolescent Vaccination CoverageThe Challenges That Remain

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(6):568-570. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.65

Between 2005 and 2007, the recommended vaccination schedule for adolescents expanded to include vaccines to protect against pertussis, meningitis (MCV4), and for girls, human papillomavirus (HPV).13 The most recent data available from the 2009 National Immunization Survey-Teen show that, while coverage among 13- to 17-year-old adolescents has been increasing for each of these vaccines, it remains suboptimal: 55.6% received pertussis, 53.6% received MCV4, and 26.7% (females only) received all 3 doses of the HPV vaccine series.4 Evidenced-based strategies to increase vaccination coverage among adolescents are needed.

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