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Teen Vaccines: Vaccines You Need

When Do Teens Need Vaccines?

Shots aren't just for babies—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 you have not been previously vaccinated and have not had chickenpox, you should get vaccinated against this disease. The vaccine is given as a 2-dose series. Any teenager who was vaccinated as a child with only 1 dose should get a second dose now.
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Hepatitis A
Anyone can get infected with hepatitis A. That is why many teens want to be protected by vaccination. Talk to your healthcare provider about this 2-dose series of shots.
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Hepatitis B
You need a series of doses of hepatitis B vaccine if you have not already received them.
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Human papillomavirus
All teens should get a series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine, beginning at age 11–12 years. The vaccine protects against HPV (the most common cause of cervical cancer) and certain 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 healthcare provider to make sure you’ve had 2 doses of MMR.
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Measles
Mumps
Rubella
Meningococcal
All teens ages 11–18 years need 1–2 doses of MCV4. If you received a dose when you were age 11–15 and are now age 16–18, you need a booster dose. If you are a first-year college student living in a residence hall, you need a dose of MCV4 if you have never received it or received it when you were younger than 16. Check with your healthcare provider.
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Pneumococcal
Do you have a serious health problem? Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should receive a pneumococcal shot.
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Polio
If you haven't completed your series of polio vaccine doses and you are not yet 18, you should complete them now.
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Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough)
You need a dose of Tdap at age 11–12 years. If you're older and haven't received it yet, you should get a dose of Tdap now. If you are pregnant, you’ll need an additional dose of Tdap. After that, everyone will need a 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 February 4, 2013
 
Immunization Action Coalition   •  Saint Paul, MN
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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.