Many parents tend to think of vaccines as something needed for infants and young children but less important later in life. In fact, teenagers and young adults need protection against infectious illnesses, as well.
When your child hits the preteen and teen years, it’s time to find out which vaccines he needs to get. If your child gets his shots on time, he’ll stay safe from some preventable serious diseases.
Here are Vaccines for Teens which are recommended by the Centers For Disease Control and their Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
- Tdap vaccine.
Tdap protects children from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Doctors usually give kids this vaccine when they’re age 11-12 if they’ve already had the DTP/DTaP vaccination series, and never got a Td booster.
Teens ages 13 to 18 who may have missed the 11-12 year Td/Tdap booster should also get a single dose of Tdap if they had the DTP/DTaP vaccination series when they were younger.
- Meningococcal vaccine.
This vaccine protects against certain types of meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of fluid surrounding the brain and the spinal cord. Meningococcal disease also causes blood infections. our child should get his first shot at age 11 to 12. He’ll need a booster at age 16. is recommended for all children and adolescents 11 through 18 years of age. Meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all children and adolescents 11 through 18 years of age.
This dose is normally given during the routine preadolescent immunization visit (at 11 to 12 years of age). But those who did not get the vaccine during this visit should get it at the earliest opportunity.
- Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.
This vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer if given before a girl or woman is exposed to the virus. In addition, this vaccine can prevent vaginal and vulvar cancer in women, and can prevent genital warts and anal cancer in women and men. Everyone needs to get the HPV vaccine — preteens, teens, and young adults can get it from ages 9 through 26.
Preteens and teens need 2 doses of the HPV vaccine as part of their routine vaccine schedule. They get the second dose about 6 to 12 months after the first dose. Preteens usually get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12, though vaccination can start as early as age 9.
Teens and young adults need 3 doses of the HPV vaccine. They need to get the second dose 1 to 2 months after the first dose — and the third dose 6 months after the first dose.
- Influenza vaccine.
While most preteens and teens who get sick with the flu recover within a couple of weeks, some will get complications like sinus infections, or pneumonia (a serious lung infection). Preteens and teens should get the flu vaccine every year, ideally by October. However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later.
The flu shot is now recommended for all children from the ages of 6 months to 18 years of age.
We’ll give you a schedule for vaccines for reference below ( This schedule is approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.)