Pre-teen and Adolescent Immunizations
Why do Pre-teens and Adolescents Need Immunizations?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pre-teens get several vaccines at their 11 or 12-year old check-up.
Whooping cough is highly contagious with prolonged cough. If it is transmitted to infants, it may be life-threatening. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) is an improvement to the old Td booster because it adds protection from whooping cough while still maintaining protection from tetanus and diphtheria. For school requirements, click here. For college requirements, click here.
Meningococcal meningitis is a very serious infection of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. It can cause death. Meningococcal bloodstream infection can cause loss of an arm or leg and even death. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) protects against these infections. For school requirements, click here. For college requirements, click here.
HPV is a common virus. HPV is most common in people in their teens and early 20s. It is the major cause of cervical cancer in women. HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cervical cancer and genital warts.