What measurement means for adolescent vaccinations

Keeping adolescents up-to-date on vaccinations prepares them for a healthy future. Teens and preteens who don’t receive annual wellness visits – including vaccinations when recommended – can be left exposed to health risks, including chronic diseases caused by obesity or smoking. These regular visits will help your adolescent stay current on recommended vaccinations.

The adolescent vaccination measure shows how well Minnesota health care providers performed in keeping adolescents current on meningococcal (meningitis) and either Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) or Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccines. Immunizations, or vaccines, are an important way to protect teens and adolescents from serious illnesses and even death. High rates of immunization benefit adolescents, the children and adults in their lives, and society in general by preventing disease. Health care providers should help families make sure their children have recommended vaccines by the time they turn 13 years old.

The statewide rate of adolescent immunizations by all reporting medical groups is 80%. This means 80 of 100 adolescents had their meningococcal and either Tdap or Td vaccines before age 13.

  • One meningococcal vaccine should be received on or between a child’s 11th and 13th birthdays
  • One Tdap or Td vaccine should be received on or between a child’s 10th and 13th birthdays

Higher immunization rates can be a sign of strong performance in adolescent care. It’s important to know that small differences in percentages don’t necessarily reflect the quality of care you’ll receive with a certain medical group. It is more important to note the large differences between providers, and speak with your doctor if you have questions or concerns.

How we calculate the measure

We measure how well medical groups (and clinics) make sure that adolescents have received one dose of the meningococcal and either the Tdap or Td vaccine by their 13th birthday.

This measure is evaluated annually. The current data is based on information collected from health plan billing data, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection Registry and medical record reviews for 2014 dates of service. The information is collected under the measure name Adolescent Immunization.