Half of Adolescents Need Vaccines
Health Officials Recommend Preteen and Teen Vaccines
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Preteen Vaccine Week is a California
observance created to highlight the importance of
immunizations for “tweens” ages 11 and 12. This year,
the Week is set for Feb. 12-18.
The goal of 2012’s Preteen Vaccine
Week campaign is to raise awareness about California’s Tdap
requirement for incoming 7th grade students,
about the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices (ACIP) recommendations and to promote the preteen
Information for Parents: All
11- and 12-year-olds should see their doctor to make sure
they are up-to-date on the immunizations that are
recommended at their age.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American
Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent
Medicine recommend that all 11- and 12-year-olds get a
doctor’s visit is a great opportunity for parents and
preteens to discuss the challenges of growing up with their
health care providers, such as eating
right, standing up to peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, and
any other concerns. If your child
has not yet had a preteen check-up, give them a healthy
start as an adolescent and make an appointment today!
are the shots recommended for 11- and 12-year olds:
vaccine (MCV4) to protect against certain serious types
of bacterial meningitis and other related infections;
- Tdap vaccine to
help prevent tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough. By State law, all incoming 7th graders need
proof of a Tdap vaccine before starting school;
papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series recommended for preteen girls and
boys. It prevents genital warts and cancer, including
cervical cancer, later in life;
- A second
chickenpox vaccine; and
- An annual flu
If your preteen has not yet received the whooping
cough booster shot (Tdap), please contact your doctor or
health department. Getting a booster shot now will protect
your child against the ongoing threat of whooping cough and
meet the 7th grade immunization requirement for
school entry (California law - Assembly Bill 354).
also advised to get a pertussis booster shot, if they
haven’t already, to protect themselves, their families and
Your child could be required to stay home from school if they aren't
up-to-date with vaccines during a possible outbreak.
Measles, flu and pertussis outbreaks have recently occurred
in California schools.
preteen does not have health insurance, or is only partially
insured, ask your doctor or local health department about
the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) and free or low cost
Vaccine Information Resources
- This interactive site for preteens features
an immunization rap, games, videos and
Vaccines For Your Preteen
- Parents will find this new brochure
from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
informative and helpful.
Immunization Requirements - This site also contains
links to information much of it downloadable) about
vaccines, immunization schedules, the difference between
required and recommended vaccines, a parents' guide to
childhood immunization, and more.
- This site contains stories about real people whose lives
were affected by vaccine-preventable diseases.
and Teens Still Need Vaccines - This is the federal
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website
about preteen and teen immunization. There's a video about
the HPV vaccine recommendation for boys, a vaccine quiz, a
adolescent vaccine scheduling tool, and more.
Preteens and Teens - This is an adolescent immunization
site from CDC designed especially for preteens and teens.
Shots Does My Preteen Or Adolescent Need - California
Department of Public Health site featuring immunization
requirements/recommendations and the diseases they protect
- The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases maintains
this site, which has a wealth of preteen and teen vaccine
information. Included is a list of 10 Reasons To Be