ARSH 10: Adolescent Immunization Revisited
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- Unni, J.C. & Kamath, S.S. Indian J Pediatr (2013) 80: 244. doi:10.1007/s12098-013-1111-y
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The emerging epidemiological shift in the incidence of vaccine preventable diseases like diphtheria, whooping cough and measles and the recent introduction of the attenuated combination vaccines (Tdap) and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have necessitated the introduction of new vaccination schedules for the adolescents. On the back of this success in the west, it is timely to consider these schedules for the Indian scenario. The details of these vaccines as suggested by IAP COI and its programatic difficulties are discussed. The importance of providing evidence based, accurate information regarding adolescent immunization is emphasized.