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Adolescent Immunization Awareness

Shots are not just for babies and kids.

Adolescents need immunizations to help protect them from serious diseases and illness. As they get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off. Plus, older kids can also develop risks for other diseases.

Health check-ups, sport and camp physicals can be a good opportunity for your preteens and teens to get the recommended vaccines they need. Be sure to write down any questions or concerns you have and ask your health care professional about them during the visit.

Did you know?

Adolescents are at increased risks for contracting meningitis and pertussis. Pertussis, commonly referred to as whooping cough, can be severe with prolonged coughing leading to pneumonia.

Meningitis is a rare but potentially life-threatening infection that can be avoided. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), a Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine should be given by a teen's 13th birthday and a booster at age 16.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer. Females who are 9-12 years of age should get 3 doses (shots) of either Cervarix or Gardasil, over a six-month period of time. The CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) recommendations have the greatest benefit when administered to young females because of their better immunity response.

The CDC recommends males who are 9-26 years of age also get three doses (shots) of the HPV vaccine to reduce their chance of developing genital warts.

A catch-up immunization schedule is available on the CDC's website. To view the recommended immunizations for your child, please visit cdc.gov Link Opens in a New Window.

Which Vaccines Do Preteens and Teens Need, and When?

  • Tdap
    A booster to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is recommended at age 11 or 12 (or before their 13th birthday).
  • Meningococcal (meningitis) conjugate vaccine
    The vaccine protects against bacterial meningococcal disease. The first dose is recommended at age 11 or 12 (or before their 13th birthday), and a second dose (booster) should be given at age 16, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • HPV
    The vaccines protect females against cervical cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended all females who are 9-12 years of age get the three doses (shots) of either Cervarix or Gardasil over a six-month period of time.
  • Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV vaccine reminders are available on hap.org. You can now see if your child is coming due or past due for either vaccine. Simply log in and visit Health Reminders.

Would you like to WIN?

  • If your child receives one dose of Tdap and one dose of Meningococcal vaccine before their 13th birthday, his or her name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our featured prizes.
  • If your child has already turned 13 years of age this year and has received the recommended vaccines, their name has automatically been entered into our drawing.
  • Please see the Trend Setters PDF flyer for additional prize information.

Would you like to WIN?

  • If your daughter receives three doses of the HPV vaccine over a six-month period of time and before their 13th birthday, her name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our featured prizes.
  • If your daughter has already turned 13 years of age this year and has received the recommended vaccines, her name has automatically been entered into our drawing.
  • Please see the Trend Setters PDF flyer for additional prize information.

Learn the facts, share the facts and save lives:

Sources:

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Preteens and Teens Still Need Vaccines, 2012.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adolescent Immunization Schedule, 2012.

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