Adolescent immunizations: a position paper of the Society for Adolescent Medicine

J Adolesc Health. 2006 Mar;38(3):321-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2006.01.002.


New vaccines are being targeted to help protect the adolescent population from disease. The Society for Adolescent Medicine strongly urges compliance with adolescent vaccination recommendations provided by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. These vaccines will significantly impact the health and well-being of the adolescent population. To enhance vaccination compliance and access to prevention health care and promotion, the Society supports linking vaccination to the three distinct comprehensive preventive health care visits already recommended by multiple organizations during early, middle, and late adolescence. In addition, multiple provider strategies should be used to increase vaccination rates among adolescents.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Health Services
  • Adolescent Medicine / standards
  • Child
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunization Schedule*
  • Male
  • Meningococcal Vaccines / administration & dosage
  • Meningococcal Vaccines / economics
  • Meningococcal Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Office Visits
  • Papillomaviridae / immunology
  • Papillomavirus Infections / prevention & control*
  • Pertussis Vaccine / administration & dosage
  • Pertussis Vaccine / economics
  • Pertussis Vaccine / therapeutic use*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Viral Vaccines / therapeutic use*


  • Meningococcal Vaccines
  • Pertussis Vaccine
  • Viral Vaccines