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Many Teens and Preteens Skip Crucial Immunizations -- New Vaccines and Teens Guide Can Help

10/17/2011

Dana Mortensen, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

This week at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) and the American Medical Association released an updated information guide called Vaccines and Teens(PDF) for parents and physicians, detailing the most current recommendations and information about critical immunizations for older children.

While vaccination rates are improving among children ages 11-19, many adolescents and teens are still not protected from diseases such as pertussis, meningococcal meningitis, and human papillomavirus (HPV), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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