HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Federal officials say Connecticut had the largest increase in the nation of teen immunization rates for certain vaccinations.

The state’s teen vaccination rate rose 16 percent between 2008 and 2009 for three specific vaccines recommended to prevent meningitis, cervical cancer and pertussis.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention honored Connecticut for the increase at a national conference in Washington, D.C. on Monday.

The CDC says 73 percent of Connecticut’s teens have received all recommended vaccinations. That’s well above the national average of 58 percent.

Connecticut’s public health commissioner, Jewel Mullen, says the agency is proud of the work health care providers and organizations around the state have done to raise awareness about the importance of vaccines.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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