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Adolescents

World Hepatitis Day: Are Your Teens Protected?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. There are several types of hepatitis viruses but in the US, the most common types are Hepatitis A, B, and C. Millions are living with viral hepatitis but most do not know they are infected. People can live with chronic hepatitis for decades without having symptoms. Two vaccines are currently available to help prevent viral hepatitis in adolescents…

Protect Your Preteens Today from HPV-Related Cancers Tomorrow

As an adolescent medicine specialist, I’m faced with the daily challenge of guiding my patients through their adolescent years in a safe, healthy way. Sadly, there is much beyond my control, but the administration of immunizations is a very straight forward way of protecting them from diseases which I know will have a significant impact on their health. A perfect example of a vaccine that is extremely beneficial to patients in my practice is the HPV vaccine.

5 Types of Bacteria, 2 Vaccine Types, 1 Important Decision for Parents

Parents usually rely on their child’s pediatrician to keep them up-to-date on vaccines. But the updated meningococcal vaccine recommendation recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is different. The new recommendation paves the way for adolescents and young adults to get vaccinated against a rare, but deadly infection called serogroup B meningococcal disease–but it puts more responsibility on parents to seek and request the vaccine.

Boys Need HPV Vaccines, Too!

Despite availability of safe and effective HPV vaccines, completion of the 3-dose vaccine series remains low and completion rates are much higher in girls (37.6%) than boys (13.9%) although HPV vaccination has been recommended for both boys and girls 11-12 years of age since December, 2011.

Quick Tips for Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Rates

A special thank you to Amy B. Middleman, MD, MPH, MSEd, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Chief, Section of Adolescent Medicine at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, for this interview focused on best practices for increasing adolescent vaccination rates. For additional tips and strategies on improving adolescent vaccination uptake, register to attend the NFID Spring 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course in Denver, CO on March…

Protect Your Kids at Every Age

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month. As a partnering organization, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is helping to promote the importance of immunization in keeping our communities healthy. Preparing for school means gathering supplies and backpacks. It’s also the perfect time to make sure children are up to date on their vaccines….

The Key to Increasing Adolescent Vaccination Rates

Special thanks to Jaime L. Taylor, DO, adolescent medicine fellow at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) for this guest post on increasing adolescent vaccination rates. As discussed by vaccine researchers from across the US at the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Meeting in Austin, TX last month, adolescent vaccination rates remain low despite clear…