There is an opportunity to improve vaccination rates among teenagers.
of teens still have not received their ACIP-recommended 2nd dose of varicella vaccine
ACIP recommendations for catch-up dosing
Ensure persons 7-18 years of age without evidence of immunity have received 2 doses of varicella vaccine:
aData from a 2021 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national survey (N=18,002 adolescents) showed that an estimated 91.5% of teens aged 13 to 17 years with no history of chickenpox had received at least 2 doses of varicella vaccine. The CDC analyzed data from the National Immunization Survey (NIS)-Teen to estimate adolescent vaccination coverage in the United States. Immunization data were collected through telephone interviews via randomly selected numbers and confirmed through records supplied by the adolescents’ health care providers. Adolescents in the 2021 NIS-Teen were born during January 2003 through January 2009. Vaccination coverage estimates include only adolescents who had adequately completed provider-reported immunization records.
ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- Pingali C, Yankey D, Elam-Evans LD, et al. National vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13-17 Years – National Immunization Survey-teen, United States, 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2022;71(35):1101-1108.doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm7135a1
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recommended child and adolescent immunization schedule for ages 18 years or younger, United States, 2023. Updated April 21, 2023. Accessed July 11, 2023. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf