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HHS HealthBeat (September 11, 2013)

Not through with shots

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Nicholas Garlow with HHS HealthBeat.

Getting vaccinated is not something you outgrow – because, as kids get older, protection from some vaccines begins to wear off, and kids develop risks for other diseases. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Robin Curtis explains:

“At age 11 through 12, vaccines are recommended to protect against cancers caused by HPV, as well as to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis and meningitis. In addition, it’s important to remember that everyone in the family should get a flu vaccine each year.”

A CDC report says that health care providers are missing opportunities to give vaccines recommended for preteens and teens. Dr. Curtis recommends that parents ask their kids’ doctors if their kids need vaccines.

The study is in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Nicholas Garlow.

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Last revised: September 11, 2013