New York medical experts want to establish 16-year-old vaccine visit

Low vaccination rates in adolescents and teenagers have some New York medical groups calling for the creation of a 16-year-old immunization visit, according to local CBS affiliate Channel 3 News.

"It gives the opportunity for the pediatricians and the families to sit down and review the vaccine schedule and find if there are any holes," Jay Berger, MD, CMO at ProHEALTH Care in Lake Success, N.Y., told Channel 3 News.

The proposed visit would offer patients the HPV booster, the meningitis B vaccine and the flu shot. 

In 2017, only 69.2 percent of college students ages 18-24 received the meningitis vaccine, compared to 57.1 percent non-college students, according to the CDC.  

A different CDC report found only 49 percent of adolescents in 2017 were up to date with HPV vaccines. For the 2017-18 flu season, less than half of 13- to 17-year-olds received the vaccine, the CDC says. 

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