Teen vaccinations on the rise in Wash.

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Teen vaccinations on the rise in Wash.

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – More Washington teens are getting their vaccines.

A new national study shows that 86 percent of teens in Washington State got a Tdap Booster shot last year to prevent against whooping cough, tetanus and diphtheria.

That’s up 11 percent from the year before.

Michele Roberts with the Washington State Department of Health says last year’s whooping cough epidemic probably convinced more parents to get their kids vaccinated.

Play Michele Roberts on vaccinations

Washington’s vaccination rate for two or more doses of the chickenpox vaccine rose 8 percent in 2012.

Vaccinations against HPV held steady for teenage girls last year.

Roberts says although HPV vaccination rates among teenage boys are increasing, many people still don’t know that HPV vaccines are available for boys.

HPV vaccinations are recommended to protect against cervical cancer and genital warts.