Your Tweens and Teens (11-18)
Protect your kids’ healthy future with vaccines:
As children get older, the protection provided by earlier vaccinations can wear off. Therefore, they will need not only need a few new vaccines, they will also need some booster shots to stay protected.
During these years, the vaccines they will need include: tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap), meningococcal ACYW & B shots and human papillomavirus (HPV) shots. While some of these vaccines may not be required at your child’s school, they are still of great benefit to your teen’s health. This is also a good time to see if they need to catch up on any other vaccines like varicella, hepatitis A or others. You can ask the doctor if any additional vaccines are needed.
To prepare yourself:
- Always bring your teen’s immunization record to each visit.
- Ask the doctor to make sure your teen is up to date on all vaccines.
- Ask questions about the vaccines that are required as well as others that may not be required but are recommended by your child’s doctor.
To prepare your teen:
- Be honest with your teen, explaining why he/she needs the shot(s) and how the vaccines keep him/her healthy.
- Encourage your teen to relax and suggest that it may be better to look away while the shots are given.
- Engage your teen in conversation while he/she receives the shot(s).
Below is a list of vaccines that your teen should have received or will be receiving in the teen years. Talk to the doctor to see if your teen is on track.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B (Hep B)
- Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap)
- Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
- Meningococcal ACYW and B
- Influenza (flu) yearly
- Hepatitis A (Hep A)
- Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV)
To learn more about the vaccines your teen needs visit:
National Meningitis Association (NMA)
NMA began in 2002 as a handful of parents whose families experienced the devastating impact of meningococcal disease. It was only after our experiences that we learned the disease is vaccine-preventable. Over the years, this small group grew into a national organization that advocates for meningococcal disease awareness and prevention.
CDC – Preteen and Teen vaccines
Immunization information for parents of preteens and teens.
A non-profit organization. Families Fighting Flu partnered with Seqirus to provide flu education and outreach at five colleges and universities. Students at Temple University, University of Florida, University of Rhode Island, Texas A & M, and Auburn University received flu prevention information, vouchers for flu vaccinations, and in some cases, a flu vaccination at a campus clinic. Students communicated about their experiences via social media using the hashtag #KnockOutFlu.The Universities in AZ also have participated in similar flu vaccination campaigns during Move In Day. Your teen can visit the College Page on our site for a quick link to ASU, NAU or U of A.
Stay home if you are sick
Avoid close contact with
sick people and wear a mask
Cover your nose and mouth
when you sneeze
Wash your hands often
Clean and disinfect
Stay up to date on your vaccinations