Health officials: Philly teens lining up for vaccinations in record numbers

A Philadelphia Department of Public Health official said vaccination rates among teens are on the rise

Lynne Adkins
September 18, 2018 - 8:54 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The word is getting out and more teens are receiving the vaccinations they need, according to Philadelphia health officials.

Dr. Kristen Feemster,  medical director for the immunization program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, said vaccination rates are on target for tetanus, diphtheria and pertusis along with meningococcal disease.

"We have providers that are making strong recommendations to families. We have an immunization program here to support our providers," said Feemster. "We have a very robust registry so that we can keep track of how well we're doing and when you know how well you're doing you know where you can work and improve even more." 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), vaccination is the best defense against meningococcal meningitis, yet more than half of U.S. teens have not yet received the recommended second dose of MenACWY, potentially leaving many adolescents without protection.

Feemster adds that vaccine numbers for Human papillomavirus (HPV) are also well above average.