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Date:9/17/2009

>Specifically, coverage for the MCV4, the meningococcal conjugate vaccine for meningitis, rose from 32.4 percent to 41.8 percent, and rates for Tdap, the tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine, jumped from 30.4 percent to 40.8 percent.

The rate for one or more doses of HPV vaccine, which protects women from cervical cancer, increased (from 25.1 percent to 37.2 percent). And the number getting two doses of VAR -- Varicella vaccine among those without disease history -- nearly doubled (from 18.8 percent to 34.1 percent), the CDC reports.

Rodewald said that more needs to be done to get vaccine coverage where it should be. For new vaccines, such as the HPV vaccination, it can take up to 10 years for coverage to reach 90 percent.

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For more information on vaccinations, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Lance Rodewald, M.D., director, immunization services, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta; Sept. 18, 2009, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report


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