better job for sexually active teens," Gavin said, including providing better access to contraception, encouraging the use of more effective methods and increasing the motivation to use birth control consistently.
"Teen pregnancy is a public health concern because teen mothers are more likely to experience negative social outcomes, and infants of teen mothers have higher risks for preterm birth, low birth weight and related complications," the authors wrote.
The report was published in the Jan. 20 issue of the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
For more on teen pregnancy, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Lorrie Gavin, Ph.D., health scientist, Division of Reproductive Health, and Ayanna T. Harrison, Division of Reproductive Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Lawrence Finer, Ph.D., director, domestic research, Guttmacher Institute, New York City; Jan. 20, 2012, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
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