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Published on April 20, 2015

Teens and Vaccines – Why Teen Health Needs a Boost

Teens and Vaccines

Teens and vaccinesMost parents know about the vaccines recommended for small children. However, PIH Health pediatricians want to remind parents that teenagers have their own unique needs.

“Childhood vaccines start to wear off and kids develop increased risk for disease as they get older,” says Juliet Lener MD, PIH Health pediatrician in La Mirada, CA. “We encourage parents to ensure their preteens and teens receive the latest recommended vaccines and boosters to help them stay protected.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following vaccines for teens:

  • Tdap – This booster shot for preteens ages 11 or 12 provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
  • HPV – This vaccine guards against sexually transmitted Human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and related diseases. It is recommended for boys and girls starting at age 11 or 12.
  • Meningococcal – The meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) is recommended for preteens ages 11 or 12 along with a booster shot at age 16 to protect against most types of meningococcal disease.
  • Flu – Preteens and teens are advised to get a flu shot every fall season or as soon as it’s available.

For more information about preteen and teen vaccines, contact PIH Health pediatrics department at one of these locations:

  • Hacienda Heights 626.964.6012
  • La Mirada 562.789.5435
  • Whittier 562.947.9399

Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); CDC.gov/vaccines and select preteens and teens.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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