Vaccine Checklist for Preteens and Teens
Vaccinations and immunizations don't stop at the infant and toddler age -- they are also recommended for preteens and teens. A checklist for vaccines your adolescent may need include those that protect against numerous viral infections (like the flu, HPV, and hepatitis), as well as bacterial infections (like meningitis, pertussis, and diphtheria). Receiving these vaccinations can help protect your child from potentially life-threatening diseases, including some cancers.
Most parents are well aware that their infant or young child needs immunizations to protect against certain diseases. However, did you know that certain vaccines are recommended for preteens and teens as well? Vaccines are an important part of keeping your preteen and teen safe and healthy now, and as they grow into adulthood.
Preteens and teens need vaccines (also known as immunizations) for a few reasons. The immunity offered by some of the vaccines given to infants and young children wears off after a while, making booster shots necessary as kids get older. Also, preteens and teens seem to be at higher risk for certain infections, and vaccines can offer protection. Finally, certain vaccines are recommended every year for everyone, including preteens, teens, and adults.
Most states require that children are up-to-date on the recommended vaccinations prior to starting school in the fall. So, while you and your child are getting ready for the new school year, add immunizations to your back-to-school checklist. Of course you don't have to wait until the fall. Any healthcare visit is a good time for your adolescent to get their recommended vaccinations.