Vaccination Recommendations for Teens

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) recently published immunization recommendations for adolescents.  According to the OAH, at the age of 11 or 12 all adolescents should receive the following three important vaccines (as well as an annual flu shot):

  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine (1 dose): a booster to protect against these three infectious diseases (pertussis is also called “whooping cough”);
  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (2 doses) (MCV4 or MenACWY): an immunization to protect against meningococcal disease (such as meningitis or sepsis, a blood infection);
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (3 doses) (Cervarix or Gardasil): an immunization recommended for both boys (Gardasil only) and girls (both Cervarix or Gardasil) to protect against many HPV-related cancers;
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine (each year): a vaccine (either the flu shot or nasal spray) that is recommended yearly for everyone over 6 months of age to protect against different strains of seasonal influenza.

Additional information about vaccinations, as well as an interactive chart, can be found on the OAH’s Website.

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