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Teens, Tweens, Parents & Vaccines: Applying Research to Enhance Professional/Family Dialogue

Originally presented on April 21, 2011

Cynthia Rand, MD, MPH
University of Rochester Medical Center

Research has revealed several issues that color attitudes about adolescent immunization. These include professional buy- in issues, adolescent buy-in issues and delivery factors related to vaccines. Immunization rates fall off dramatically during adolescence (ages 11–19).  Improving these rates requires addressing these intertwined issues as well as advocacy on the part of all health professionals.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify the current adolescent vaccine recommendations in the US
  • Explain the status of adolescent immunization rates in the US
  • Describe provider, patient and parent attitudes that influence immunization rates
  • Describe health care delivery issues regarding adolescent immunization
  • Describe potential solutions to increase rates in this population

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