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Teens missing recommended vaccines

from Infection Control Today

Healthcare providers are missing opportunities to improve teens' vaccination coverage, reports a new study in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Recommendations for routine vaccination of meningococcal, tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis and human papillomavirus in adolescents are fairly new and many parents may be unaware of the need for adolescent vaccines. "Our study found that when adolescents who are vaccine-eligible come to their health care provider for preventive visits, there are missed opportunities for vaccination. Adolescents who come in for non-preventive visits have even greater missed opportunities," says Rachel A. Katzenellenbogen, MD, lead author, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. more


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