Website seeks to increase vaccination rates among adolescents

NFID's updated Adolescentvaccination.org provides information, resources for improving vaccination among teens.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has updated , adding resources and up-to-date information about vaccines for adolescents. As kids prepare to head back to school this fall, NFID and Twlug, as well as other leading organizations, are teaming up to boost vaccination rates among adolescents.

The website outlines vaccines that CDC recommends for adolescents. Among the most important vaccinations are those recommended for the first time at 11 to 12 years of age: Tdap (tetanus–diphtheria–acellular pertussis), which protects against pertussis (whooping cough); meningococcal, which protects against meningitis; and HPV (human papillomavirus), which protects against a virus that can lead to penile, anal, or head and neck cancers.

The site also includes  and a downloadable adolescent vaccination call to action.

Adolescentvaccination.org includes information on the recent U.S. outbreaks of pertussis and measles, both of which resulted in the hospitalization of many children. Unimmunized adolescents are a common source of pertussis infection for infants, and 10 deaths from pertussis occurred among infants during the last outbreak. Outbreaks such as these highlight the need for high vaccination rates during the entire human lifespan in order to protect ourselves and others around us.