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Immunization of Adolescents for Ob-Gyns

NEW! HPV FAQs for Providers & Patients

AAP FLU SEASON RESOURCE: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released their recommendations for prevention and control of inluenza in children, 2013-2014. Click here for the article.

CDC RESOURCE: CDC has released data collected in the National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen), in an MMWR article, "National and State Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years--United States, 2012" Key points from the article include:

  • From 2011 to 2012, vaccination coverage among U.S. adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 years increased to about 85% for at least one dose of Tdap vaccine, 74% for at least one dose of MCV4 vaccine, and, among males, to about 21% for at least one dose of HPV vaccine.

  • Since 2009, the yearly national vaccination coverage estimate among teens for one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine has been lower than the estimate for one dose of Tdap vaccine, and the difference in coverage between the two vaccines is widening.

  • Receipt of the recommended three doeses of HPV remained statistically unchanged from 2011 to 2012 (34.8% in 2011 compared to 33.4% in 2012). This means that only about one-third of girls between the ages of 13 and 17 years had completed the series that they all shoudl have completed by their 13th birthdays, according to ACIP recommendations.

  • Providers, parents, and adolescents should use every health-care visit as an opportunity to review adolescents' immunization histories and ensure that every adolescent is fully vaccinated.

Adolescents (ages 10 to 19) and young adults (ages 20 to 24) make up 21 percent of the population of the United States. The leading causes of illness and death among adolescents and young adults are largely preventable. It is important for providers to advocate for and recommend adolescent immunizations. The resources on this page are meant to assist in conversations about immunizations with parents and adolescents. During the initial health care visit for adolescents there should be an emphasis on health promotion, education, and prevention. Discussions about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases are an important part of this visit.

Below the Immunization Schedule for Children and Catch-Up Schedule for Children and Adolescents, you will find links to ACOG and CDC resources for providers.  

Additional ACOG and CDC Resources:

Additional Resources for Adolescent Immunization Information:

Last Updated: 2/27/2014

Immunization of Adolescents for Patients

During the initial health care visit for adolescents there will be an emphasis on health promotion, education, and prevention. Discussions about immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases should be an important part of this visit. As children age, protection from certain childhood vaccines can wear off. Take advantage of all health care visits adolescents have (physicals for sports or camp, annual check-ups) and make sure your adolescent family member has received all of the vaccines necessary for their age group.

NEW! HPV FAQs for Patients

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the following points for parents:

  • Vaccine protection from some childhood vaccines wears off, so your teen needs a booster shot.

  • As kids get older, they are more at risk for catching diseases, like meningococcal meningitis, so they need protection that vaccines provide.

  • The recommended immunization schedule is regularly updated to include new vaccines and reflect current research. So, it has probably changed since your child was first immunized.

  • Specific vaccines, like HPV, are recommended to be given during the preteen (11-12) years and teen (13-18) years.

In addition to a vaccine against seasonal influenza (flu), there are vaccines for many other diseases that teens are at risk for contracting. See the list below. Teens should get vaccines for those diseases that pose a special risk for their age, ethnic group, and lifestyle. Do you know which vaccines you and your teen may need? Take CDC’s Quiz!

Vaccines for preteens and teens:

If your child missed a vaccine at the recommended age, contact your health care provider about getting a catch-up shot.

Immunization information for preteens and teens from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):CDC has added new material to their preteen/teen immunization Web site. The site provides video and audio resources, fact sheets for teen and preteen patients, information for parents, and more. You can even download the Adolescent Immunization Scheduler to determine what vaccines your child age 0–18 years needs. Visit the CDC preteen/teen immunization Web site.

Vaccines for Preteens and Teens: What Parents Should Know

Last Updated: 8/13/2014

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