Montana launches teen vaccination program
Posted on 27 April 2017
The Montana Immunization Program and its partners have launched a multi-year campaign called MT TeenVax that aims to promote teen vaccinations.
This campaign will focus on increasing awareness about teen vaccines by providing resources and information to healthcare professionals, parents, and teens. “Montana continues to improve coverage levels for adolescent vaccines, and we’re hoping this program will help us improve even more,” Bekki Wehner, Department of Public Health and Human Services Immunization Program Manager, said. “The MT TeenVax campaign will help highlight the importance of adolescent vaccines statewide.”
The recommended vaccines for teens are tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), the human papillomavirus (HPV) series, and the start of the meningococcal (MCV4).
These vaccines are routinely administered at age 11-12 years and catch up for those age 13 years and older who missed vaccination. The influenza vaccine is recommended every year, Wehner said. “These vaccines are a safe and an effective way to help teens start a healthy adulthood,” Wehner said.
For more information about adolescent vaccines go to www.immunization.mt.gov.