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Date:8/7/2009

NEW YORK, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey reports that most moms know their children need additional vaccines beyond those received when they were infants or small children. But according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates, most pre-teens and teens do not have all the vaccinations that it recommends. As children approach adolescence they can develop risks for certain diseases and protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time.

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The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, with support from Merck & Co., Inc., found that 4 out of 5 moms of pre-teens and teenagers agree that pre-teens and teenagers need additional vaccines beyond those they received when they were younger. However, although coverage rates for pre-teens and teens are increasing for most routine vaccines, a recent CDC report shows that most still do not have all of the recommended vaccinations.

"These results mirror what I see in my own practice - a lot of adolescents not up to date on their vaccines, in spite of their parents awareness of the need for them," said Dr. Lolita McDavid, Board-Certified Pediatrician practicing at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. "Taking your kids - including pre-teens and teens - for an annual check-up should be as routine as buying them school supplies. I encourage all moms to schedule an appointment with their child's health care professional today and to visit www.cdc.gov to learn more about the vaccines recommended for pre-teens and teens."

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