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Teen Vaccination Rates Increasing Across the US


Some great news come via a CDC press release. Teen vaccination rates have been steadily increasing across the US for 2009 the latest year they would have full data for. You can read the full press release at the CDC website. Here is a part of the press release:

The survey of more than 20,000 teens aged 13-17 found that in 2009 there were increases in the percentage of teens in this age group who had received vaccines routinely recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds. Specifically:

  • For one dose of the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap), coverage went up about 15 points to about 56 percent;
  • For one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine, coverage went up about 12 points to about 54 percent;
  • For girls who received at least one dose of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, coverage increased 7 points to about 44 percent. However, for girls who received the recommended three doses of HPV vaccine, coverage was only about 27 percent (a 9 percent increase);
  • For one dose of HPV vaccine, no differences were observed between racial/ethnic groups. However, coverage was higher among teens living in poverty compared with those living at or above the poverty level. For the recommended three doses of HPV vaccine, differences were observed between racial/ethnic groups, including significantly lower coverage for blacks and Hispanics compared to whites;
  • There were no significant differences in coverage by racial/ethnic group or by poverty status for Tdap or meningococcal conjugate vaccine; and
  • As in 2008, there was wide variation in adolescent vaccination coverage among state and local areas.
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