National Immunization Awareness Month
Immunizations are not just for babies and kids.
Adolescents need shots to help protect them from serious diseases and illness. As teens 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 Meningoccocal vaccine should be given by a teen's 13th birthday.
However, a catch-up immunization schedule is available on the CDC's website. To view the recommended immunizations for your adolescent, please log on to www.cdc.gov/vaccines .
A new Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine reminder is available on hap.org. Log in to view Health Reminders that are coming due or past due for your adolescent.
Which Vaccines Do Preteens and Teens Need, and When?
A booster to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is recommended for preteens (11-12) and teens turning 13 years who have not receive their shot yet.
- Meningococcal (meningitis) conjugate vaccine
The vaccine protects against contracting meningococcal disease. The first dose is recommended at age 11 or 12 and effective this year, a second dose (booster) should be given at age16, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- A new Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine reminder is available on hap.org>Health Reminders. You can now see if your adolescent is coming due or past due for either vaccine. Simply log in!
- If your teen receives one dose of Tdap and one dose of Meningoccocal vaccine by their 13th birthday, his/her name will automatically be entered into a drawing to win one of our featured prizes.
- If your teen has already turned 13 years of age this year and has had both vaccines, he/she has been entered into the drawing already.
- Please click on the link provided below for additional prize information.
Learn the facts, share the facts and save lives:
- Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Preteens and Teens Still Need Vaccines, 2011.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Adolescent Immunization Schedule, 2011.