6_Sex, Drugs, and Politics - Casper and Carpenter

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Sex, drugs, politics and the HPV vaccine 891 © 2008 The Authors anticipatory guidance to parents toward a reduction of risk-taking behaviors aimed directly at the adolescent’ (2003: 137). The vaccine is currently administered by a diverse group of gynecologists, pediatricians, general practitioners, and family physicians, yet already, clinicians recognise the ways in which the HPV vaccine could serve as the basis for co-ordinating and expanding adolescent health care – an important change in the social organisation of medicine. In 1996, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices joined with other groups to identify ages 11–12 as the optimal period for adolescent immunisations. The US Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule recommends that every 11–12-year-old receive two vaccines (one for meningitis and the other a combined tetanus-diphtheria-whooping cough booster) and be ‘caught-up’ on other shots. The HPV vaccine has been added to this
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