Vaccine Rates Increase Among Children Aged 11 to 12 Years

However, often not all of the recommended vaccines are administered during vaccination visits

TUESDAY, Sept. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccine compliance at ages 11 to 12 years has increased among children, but they often do not receive all indicated vaccines during vaccination visits, according to a study published in the September issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Shannon Stokley, M.P.H., from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues examined vaccination coverage at selected ages and by birth cohort, and assessed whether all indicated vaccines were administered during vaccination visits in 20,066 adolescents aged 13 to 17 years. Vaccination histories were collected from the National Immunization Survey-Teen 2009 telephone interviews.

The investigators found that most adolescents had received childhood vaccines by age 11 years. At ages 11 to 12 years, receipt of a tetanus-diphtheria and/or tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine increased significantly from the 1991 to 1996 birth cohort (33.8 versus 68.2 percent); and receipt of the meningococcal-containing vaccine increased from the 1993 to 1996 birth cohort (8.4 versus 50.0 percent). There was also a significant increase in girls receiving the human papillomavirus vaccine from the 1994 to 1996 birth cohort (11.1 versus 30.5 percent). Among adolescents eligible for vaccination and who made a vaccination visit at ages 11 to 12 years, 19.5 percent did not receive tetanus-diphtheria and/or tetanus diphtheria-acellular pertussis, 62.4 percent did not receive the human papillomavirus, and 60.9 percent did not receive the meningococcal-containing vaccines.

"Receipt of vaccines at the recommended ages of 11 to 12 years appears to be increasing; however, providers often do not administer all indicated vaccines during a vaccination visit," the authors write.

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