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Teens not up-to-date with immunizations

October 7, 2008 9:47:33 AM PDT
A new study finds that nearly one-third of teenagers are not up-to-date with their immunizations, including vaccinations for measles-mumps-rubella, hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria.Researchers looked at immunization rates for nearly 24,000 13-year-olds.

Teens who received regular preventive care were more likely to be up-to-date on their immunizations, but one reason they may not have all their shots is that researchers say doctors missed opportunities to bring adolescents current during office visits.

The study is in this month's issue of Pediatrics.


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