Educating Teens, Parents May Reverse Lack of Vaccinations


Educating Teens, Parents May Reverse Lack of Vaccinations

Many teenagers don’tِ receive theِ vaccines theyِ need, butِ educating physicians andِ parents couldِ help reverse theِ trend, a newِ study suggests.
Researchers fromِ the Centers forِ Disease Control andِ Prevention (CDC) looked atِ vaccination rates fromِ 2006 toِ 2009 forِ three vaccines — tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis, meningococcal conjugate andِ human papillomavirus — inِ teenagers 13 toِ 17 years old.
Part ofِ the problem isِ that physicians aren’t administering allِ the recommended vaccinations, saidِ Shannon Stokley, anِ epidemiologist withِ theِ CDC.

Coverage could have been higher

The study’s data cameِ from theِ National Immunization Survey-Teen, whichِ usesِ random phone calls toِ contact parents ofِ tens ofِ thousands ofِ adolescents.
From 2006 toِ 2009, tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination rates improved fromِ 11 percent toِ 56 percent, andِ meningococcal conjugate vaccination rates improved fromِ 12 percent toِ 54 percent.
In girls, theِ firstِ vaccination forِ HPV improved fromِ 25 percent toِ 44 percent.

Doctors and parents

Physicians areِ often reluctant toِ contradict parents whoِ don’tِ want vaccines forِ their children, Offit said.
We don’tِ want parents toِ dislike us, heِ said.
We haveِ to beِ more passionate itِ aboutِ when theyِ choose toِ notِ getِ a vaccine.