HHS HealthBeat (September 1, 2014)
Teens and vaccines
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
Teens don’t outgrow the need for vaccinations. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Laurie Elam-Evans points to some vaccinations for teens.
There’s one dose of Tdap vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; two doses of meningococcal vaccine against meningitis; and three doses of HPV vaccine against some forms of cancer.
Dr. Elam-Evans says teens are keeping up with some vaccinations but less so with the HPV vaccine:
“Only 57 percent of girls are covered with the first dose, and only 38 percent of boys. We really need to get adolescents in and protected from cancer.”
An analysis of teen vaccine coverage is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Learn more at healthfinder.gov.
HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.
Last revised: September 1, 2014