In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month in August, McFarland Clinic is sharing tips and information about vaccines for people of all ages. In this installment, we look at the importance of vaccines for preteens and teenagers.
Keeping up to date on your children’s vaccines is 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.