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Medical News & Perspectives
November 12, 2008

CDC: More Teens Must Be Vaccinated

JAMA. 2008;300(18):2107. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.591

A growing number of adolescents are being vaccinated against pertussis and invasive meningococcal disease, and 1 in 4 girls have received the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine in its first year of availability, according to a survey from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But reaching the goal of 90% coverage for these vaccines in this age group will require vaccination of many more teenagers.

These 3 vaccines were first recommended for adolescents in 2005 (for pertussis and invasive meningococcal disease) and 2006 (for HPV) by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. To track the uptake of these vaccines, the CDC surveyed the parents of about 3000 teens aged 13 through 17 years in late 2006 and late 2007 and confirmed parent responses by checking vaccination records.