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A Smart Shot of Prevention

Most parents understand the importance of childhood immunizations, protecting the youngest among us from life-threatening diseases like measles, whooping cough (pertussis), chickenpox and polio. Not only do vaccines help your kids stay healthy and protect other people around them from contracting diseases, including infants, most states require certain vaccinations before school starts in coming weeks. 

But vaccines aren’t just for babies and toddlers. While your entire family – adults included – should get a flu vaccine every year, there are three vaccines for preteens that should be given when kids are 11- 12 years old. All of them are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, plus the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The three important vaccines for preteens and teens are:

  • HPV vaccine for both boys and girls, protects against the types of HPV that can cause cancer. HPV, short for Human papillomavirus, affects over 79 million people in the US and can cause several types of cancers and genital warts. The three-part HPV vaccine is safe and effective.
  • Tdap vaccine, protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Pertussis, or whooping cough, can keep kids out of school and activities for weeks. Pertussis is especially serious and sometimes deadly for young children and can easily be spread to babies by unvaccinated teens.
  • Meningococcal vaccine, protects against meningococcal disease.  Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis – a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord.
If you have older teens who haven’t been vaccinated, it’s not too late. Take action now and keep your entire family safe and healthy in the upcoming school year.

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