GPs are often unaware of their important role in supporting adolescent vaccination, which primarily occurs through the school-based vaccination program. Ensuring vaccinations are up to date and missed doses are completed should be considered a standard preventive health activity for the adolescent patient in general practice.
A correction for this article is published in the June 2021 issue of Medicine Today. The online version and the full text PDF of this article (see link above) have been corrected.
An updated version of this article is available in the March 2022 issue of Medicine Today.
Australia has achieved high rates of childhood vaccination, with substantial increases over the past 20 years.1,2 Much of this success can be attributed to the commitment of general practitioners and the effective strategies they have implemented. Vaccination of adolescents has become increasingly important, especially since the introduction of the national human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program, which has had a substantial impact on HPV-related disease, and other vaccines relevant to this age group. These have included the pertussis booster (diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis [dTpa] vaccine), meningococcal ACWY and B vaccines and influenza vaccine for vulnerable groups (Table 1).3 Equally high rates of vaccination need to be achieved in adolescents as in young children.