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Preteen Vaccines: Vaccines You Need

When Do Preteens Need Vaccines?

Shots aren't just for young children—preteens and teens need vaccines, too. Did you know, during the preteen years protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off? To find out which shots are needed for those age 11 years and older, check the listing below.
Chickenpox (varicella)
If your child has not been previously vaccinated and has not had chickenpox, they should get vaccinated against this disease. The vaccine is given as a 2-dose series. If you child only had 1 dose, they should get a second dose now.
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Hepatitis A
Your need 2 doses of hepatitis A vaccine if you would like to be protected from this disease or if you have a risk factor for hepatitis A. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about this 2-dose series of shots.
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Hepatitis B
Your child needs a series of doses of hepatitis B vaccine if they have not already received them.
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Human papillomavirus
All preteens – both boys and girls – should get 3 doses of HPV vaccine at 11 or 12 years of age. The vaccine protects against HPV (the most common cause of cervical cancer) and several other types of cancers.
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Influenza
Every person, beginning at age 6 months and continuing throughout their lifetime, should receive yearly vaccination against influenza in the fall or winter. Vaccination is the most effective step you can take to be protected from this serious disease.
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Measles, Mumps, Rubella
Check with your child's healthcare provider to make sure they've received 2 doses of MMR.
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Measles
Mumps
Rubella
Meningococcal
Children need the first dose of meningococcal vaccine at age 11–12. The second dose is given at age 16 years.
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Pneumococcal
Some children with serious health problems need extra protection against pneumococcal disease. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about whether they should receive pneumococcal vaccine.
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Polio
If your child hasn't completed the 3- or 4-dose series of polio vaccine and they are not yet 18, they should complete them now.
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Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough)
All 11–12 year olds need a dose of Tdap. After that they will need a tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster dose every ten years.
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Tetanus
Diphtheria
Whooping cough (pertussis)
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Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job. Talk with your healthcare provider about which vaccines your child needs and when they should be vaccinated. For more information, check the recommended immunization schedules:
Parent-Friendly Schedule
Parent-Friendly Schedule
Two-page guide about vaccines and the diseases they prevent
Adolescent & Adult Vaccine Quiz
Adolescent & Adult Vaccine Quiz
Take this quiz to find out which vaccines you may need
Adolescent Immunization Scheduler
Adolescent Immunization Scheduler
This tool once downloaded can be used to determine the vaccines you need.
 
 
Content reviewed on May 29, 2013
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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a non-profit organization, works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. IAC also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.