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Preteens and teenagers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Protecting children against disease continues after they are no longer young children.

two teens listening to music Preteens (age 11-12) and teenagers are at risk for diseases like meningitis (brain swelling), tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), influenza and HPV-associated cancers.​

Vaccination is the best protection from these diseases. Do no delay vaccination.

Preteen and teenagers may need some of the immunizations listed in the Infants/Children sectionIf they missed any of those vaccinations, talk to your provider about catching up.​​​​

It's flu season. Flu vaccine recommendations for pre-teens and teenagers

Your child should receive an annual vaccine every year in the fall.

Vaccines recommended for preteens and teenagers include:

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping Cough (Pertussis) – preteens need a booster at age 11-12 years and Td every 10 years from then on

Influenza (Flu) – annual vaccination every year in the fall

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) – two doses six to 12 months apart at age 11-12 years

Meningococcal​ – one dose at age 11-12 years with a booster after age 16

Vaccines by Age Group

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 Health Library Information



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