The Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine releases position statement on the financing of vaccines for this population.
Despite that many vaccines are now recommended for adolescents, coverage rates are significantly lower for this age group compared with vaccines for younger children.
The Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) released a position paper recently that called for improved immunization coverage by reducing financial barriers. More specifically, the society supports three positions. First, is to eliminate financial barriers to make it less difficult for adolescents and young adults to receive routinely recommended vaccines. Second, is to remove financial risk for all providers who serve adolescents, including nontraditional providers, so they can immunize this population without risk. The final position is to increase use of immunization information systems by all providers who deliver vaccines to adolescents and young adults to reduce resource duplication and missed opportunities for immunization.