Do you have a Preteen or Teen? Protect their Future with Vaccines.
Provided by Centers for Disease Control
August 6, 2015 - 12:00 PM
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
them to their sports physical, making sure they eat healthy and get
plenty of sleep … you know these are crucial to your adolescent’s
health. But did you also you know your preteens and teens need vaccines
to stay healthy and protected against serious diseases?
get older, preteens and teens are at increased risk for some infections.
Plus the protection provided by some of the childhood vaccines begins
to wear off, so preteens need a booster dose. You may have heard about
whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks recently. Vaccine-preventable
diseases are still around and very real. The vaccines for preteens and
teens can help protect your kids, as well as their friends, community,
and other family members.
There are four vaccines recommended
for all preteens at ages 11 to 12. Teens may also need a booster dose of
one of the shots or get any shots they may have missed. You can use any
health care visit, including sports or camp physicals, checkups or some
sick visits, to get the shots your kids need. The vaccines recommended
for preteen and teen girls and boys are:
Quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine,
which protects against four types of meningococcal disease.
Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of
bacterial meningitis – a serious infection around the brain and spinal
cord – in teens and young adults.
which protects against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
HPV can cause future cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women
and cancers of the penis in men. In both women and men, HPV also causes
mouth/throat (oropharyngeal) cancer, anal cancer and genital warts.
which is a booster shot against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
Pertussis (whooping cough) can keep kids out of school and activities
for weeks. It can also be spread to babies who are too young to be
vaccinated, and this disease can be very dangerous and sometimes deadly
Influenza (flu) vaccine, because
even healthy kids can get the flu, and it can be serious. All kids,
including your preteens and teens, should get the flu vaccine every
year. Parents should also get vaccinated to protect themselves and to
help protect their children.
Talk with your child’s health care
professional to find out which vaccines your preteens and teens need.
Vaccines are a crucial step in keeping your kids healthy.