Report: Teen vaccinations have been increasing

Dec 08, 2010

Vaccinations can help children grow into healthy adults.

A growing number of teenagers are reportedly getting their recommended immunizations, which could mean that fewer people in the coming years could have their life shortened by dangerous diseases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a survey of 20,000 teens aged 13 to 17 found increases in various vaccinations, including tetanus and diphtheria and human papillomavirus, among others.

"We can see that more parents of adolescents are electing to protect their children from serious diseases such as pertussis, meningitis, and cervical cancer, but there is clear room for improvement in our system's ability to reach this age group," said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC.

The report also noted that in many cases, financial challenges may be an issue for those young people who do not have access to vaccinations.

Along with vaccinations, people are urged to get regular checkups from their primary care physician. By detecting chronic conditions early or avoiding them entirely, it becomes easier for consumers to qualify for the lowest health and life insurance rates while also enjoying better overall well-being.

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