Practical approaches to optimize adolescent immunization

Henry H. Bernstein*, Joseph A. Bocchini, Carrie L. Byington, Yvonne A. Maldonado, Elizabeth D. Barnett, James D. Campbell, H. Dele Davies, Ruth Lynfield, Julia Bractic, Flor M. Munoz, Dawn Nolt, Ann Christine Nyquist, Sean O'Leary, Mobeen H. Rathore, Mark H. Sawyer, William J. Steinbach, Tina Q. Tan, Theoklis E. Zaoutis, COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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With the expansion of the adolescent immunization schedule during the past decade, immunization rates notably vary by vaccine and by state. Addressing barriers to improving adolescent vaccination rates is a priority. Every visit can be viewed as an opportunity to update and complete an adolescent's immunizations. It is essential to continue to focus and refine the appropriate techniques in approaching the adolescent patient and parent in the office setting. Health care providers must continuously strive to educate their patients and develop skills that can help parents and adolescents overcome vaccine hesitancy. Research on strategies to achieve higher vaccination rates is ongoing, and it is important to increase the knowledge and implementation of these strategies. This clinical report focuses on increasing adherence to the universally recommended vaccines in the annual adolescent immunization schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This will be accomplished by (1) examining strategies that heighten confidence in immunizations and address patient and parental concerns to promote adolescent immunization and (2) exploring how best to approach the adolescent and family to improve immunization rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20164187
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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