February 18, 2013
Area(s) of Interest: Vaccination
To celebrate Preteen Vaccine Week, the California Department of Public Health has released new data that shows immunizations rates for California youth ages 13-17 years have increased for a number of highly communicable diseases. These include an increase in pertussis vaccination from 71 percent to 83 percent, meningococcal disease vaccination from 67 percent to 75 percent, human papilloma virus vaccination increase for girls from 32 percent to 43 percent and an increase for varicella vaccination from 57 percent to 67 percent (2nd dose in those without a history of chickenpox). The data comes from the National Immunization Survey for the years 2010-2011.
The department also announced that rates of pertussis immunization have further increased, as Tdap immunizations have been documented for over 3.5 million California middle and high school students to comply with state law since 2011. Tdap vaccination rates in California now exceed the national Healthy People 2020 goal.
The California Medical Association (CMA) Foundation has begun developing an adolescent vaccine toolkit, which will provide physicians with comprehensive information about best practices in adolescent vaccination. It will include communication tools for talking with parents and teens and approaches for talking with reluctant vaccinators. The toolkit will also contain the California school children vaccination requirements, multicultural communication tips and strategies for effective patient outreach.
The adolescent vaccine toolkit is part of a larger vaccine underuse initiative that the foundation will launch in 2013. Stay tuned for additional details.