Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Don't forget--your teen may be due for a vaccine
It's not just "puppy" shots and you're done. The schools will tell you what is needed by school age--but then what?
The University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital looked at this.
They queried 614 parents with at least one teen--age 13-17.
Little kids are usually scheduled for vaccines, but doctor visits are less regular as kids grow up.
Sometimes a doctor can only bring up vaccines if the youngster is brought in for an accident.
As a result, vaccines are below targets in the adolescent area, especially those that require more than one dose.
--Only one-third of teens have received a second dose of meningitis vaccine by age 17.
--Half of boys 13-17 have completed the HPV series.
--Fewer than half of adolescents get a flu shot.
Parents are unclear on what kids should be getting. They say they only knew because the doctor scheduled a visit or mentioned it.. In 11% the office sent reminders.
I am way far from being a teen, but just got a second type of pneumonia vaccine.
You have to look into this and decide for yourself--and your teenager.