COMMENTARY

Teens Without Vaccines

William T. Basco, Jr., MD, MS

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July 08, 2013

In This Article

Reasons for Not Vaccinating Adolescents: National Immunization Survey of Teens, 2008-2010

Darden PM, Thompson DM, Roberts JR, et al
Pediatrics. 2013;131:645-651

Vaccinating Teens

Healthy People 2020 goals for adolescent immunization rates are 90% for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis/tetanus diphtheria (Tdap/Td), meningococcal meningitis, and human papilloma virus (HPV). Relative to vaccines administered to younger children, these vaccines are relatively new, and practices and school systems have less established approaches for delivering them. Moreover, adolescent health-seeking behavior and increasing independence in their own medical decision-making make delivery of vaccines to this age group more difficult than delivering vaccines to preschool children.

This study by Darden and colleagues used nationally representative data from the National Immunization Survey of Teens from 2008 through 2010 to evaluate why parents might choose to not have their adolescents immunized.

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