Preteens & Teens
Keep up to date on your children’s vaccines. That’s one of the most important actions parents can take to ensure a healthy future for their kids. So what vaccines are needed as your children get older?
Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases:
• Meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections (septicemia).
• HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV.
• Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis).
• A yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.
Teens and young adults may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine. Parents can send their preteens and teens to middle school, high school and college protected from vaccine-preventable diseases by following the recommended immunization schedule.