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Get the Update on Tweens, Teens and Vaccines

Through my involvement with this blog, I have been fortunate enough to participate in various webinars that focus on a variety of immunization issues.  I always find them informative for a number of reasons.

First, I am able to hear directly from various immunization experts as they address some of their most pressing immunization concerns.  While some of the issues are already familiar to me, others are new and insightful.   I get a sense of what has been accomplished and what the priorities are for the future.

Second, these webinars are primarily designed to educate public health employees, further reinforcing the fact that these professionals have a genuine concern for the well-being of our nation and especially our children.  They clearly take their jobs seriously by doing a thorough investigation of the data and discussing best practices for continued improvement.

The VIC Network recently conducted one such webinar entitled Tweens, Teens and Vaccines: Can’t Live With Them; Can’t Live Without Them?  On this call I heard directly from the Dr. Anne Schuchat and Jill Roark of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  As they shared valuable data, they provided a snapshot of the vaccination status of our nation’s teens and tweens.  They even discussed strategies that could be used by health care providers, communicators and educators to help improve the data and promote vaccination to hard to reach populations and their parents.

Now, you can listen to an archived recording of the call here.

Of course, after you do, I would love to hear what you believed to be the most relevant take-aways from the call.

  1. lilady
    September 18, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Excellent webinar and thank you for posting it Christine.

    The *take-aways* I derived, is that a lot more needs to be done to reach out to parents, tweens and teens. I recall being assigned to health fairs sponsored by various groups. The most *successful* responses for public health initiatives, took place when an indoor shopping mall sponsored a health fair. We set up groups of tables that were draped with our “Health Department” banners and staffed with nurses and health educators, with great educational materials.

    You’ve got to have outreach directed at tweens, teens and their parents at the places where the kids hang out and where the parents are shopping.

    Here’s the link to the MMWR, August 31, 2012 issue, referred to, for updated (2011) statistics for vaccines uptakes:

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6134a3.htm?s_cid=mm6134a3_w

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  2. September 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you for this. I am always interested in how public health is done in other countries. In Australia we are incredibly lucky to have baby immunisation clinics in local suburbs (free and convenient), and school programs for teen vaccinations. My 13 year old is half-way through her boosters for varicella, hep b and Gardasil and got her DTaP in April. And yes! Informed consent with huge information packages sent home well before time.

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  3. lilady
    September 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    “Am I the only one who finds that vaccinations and the military are becoming so closely intertwined?”

    Yes, you are the only one Mr. M

    “What in the hell does the military have to do with vaccinations? Unless of course vaccinations are a form of bio-warfare….”

    Why are you posting that Mr. M? How about some citations from real science journals for this vaccine-bio warfare link? (whale.to and rense.com don’t count)

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  4. lilady
    September 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

    @ Alie Thompson: Thanks for sharing your informative story about life in Australia. We as yet (sigh), do not have a national health system.

    Those of us who have private health care plans do have all childhood vaccines paid for that private health care plan…usually.

    Some people do not have that imunization coverage for their children and the VFC (Vaccines For Children) provides vaccines free of chart to local public health clinics and to private doctors who have elected to become “VFC Providers”. VFC will cover any uninsured (or under-insured) child, Children who are on Medicaid (whose parents are either disabled or the children themselves are disabled) Children who receive care from the Indian (indigenous) Health System.

    I’m a (wee) bit older than you and in spite of having good private insurance when my kids were born in 1970 and 1976, neither my childrens’ “well visits” nor their immunizations were covered. This was before we had the VFC program and it was a financial struggle at times, to have them up to date on their immunization.

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