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Know which vaccines pre-teens and teens need

You can help keep your pre-teens and teens healthy and active by making sure they get the vaccines needed to protect them against serious, sometimes deadly diseases.

Even if vaccinated as an infant, there are vaccines recommended specifically for adolescents.

Routine Immunizations for Adolescents


Recommended Vaccine



Meningococcal disease, a cause of meningitis and blood infection


HPV-related diseases, including cervical and anal cancer


Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough


The flu, which can be serious or deadly for even healthy adolescents

Ideally, children should receive these vaccines at 11-12 years old. If your child missed a vaccination at this age, it's not too late. Schedule a vaccination appointment today. It could save their lives.

The materials provided here offer important information about the vaccines health officials recommend for pre-teens and teens.

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Latest Vaccination Information

HPV vaccination recommended for boys age 11-12.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) suggests that boys should routinely be vaccinated against HPV at age 11-12 to protect them against genital warts and certain cancers, and to reduce spread of the virus.

Meningitis booster recommended for teens!
Health officials now recommend that teens receive a meningococcal booster to help keep them protected. For details, please click here.

This web page and the materials for this program are supported by unrestricted educational grants to the National Meningitis Association from GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co., Inc. and Novartis Vaccines.