Vaccines Offer Increased Protection for Teens

8 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Thursday, August 19 2010 Aug 19, 2010 Thursday, August 19, 2010 6:19:24 PM CDT August 19, 2010 in News
A report out today shows a dramatic increase in teen vaccinations.

The CDC highlights a fifteen percent coverage increase in 2009.

Rates are up to 56% for diptheria, tetanus, and whooping cough, 54% for meningitis, and 44% for at least one dose of the HPV vaccine for young girls.

Rise in Drugs in School

Nearly a third of public school students say their school is both drug and gang infested according to a study from the national center on addiction.

The study states that teens at these schools are five times more likely to use marijuana, three times more likely to drink alcohol, and twelve times more likely to smoke.

The Fifteenth Annual Back-to-School survey also found a 39% rise in the number of middle school students who say drugs are kept and sold on school grounds.

Football Heat

Columbia Schools have taken measures to keep kids out of the heat, but what about the risks our kids face in extra-curriculars.

Most cases of heat illness happen in August to football players. Researchers in Florida are monitoring body temperature, sweat, heart rates, and metabolism. They hope to find ways to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Experts urge anyone outside exercising to stay hydrated.

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