Vaccines are not just for babies anymore. Preteens, ages 7-12, and teens have different needs for immunizations. Teens are more social and take more risks, so they are likely to catch certain diseases. Also, the protection from the immunizations they received as children can begin to fade so an additional dose or booster is needed. By giving the immunizations in the preteen years, teens are protected when they are most at risk. Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccines for your preteen and teen.

The following vaccines are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC.

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Adolescents Immunization Schedule

Recommended Vaccines:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
    Protects against most strains of bacterial meningitis. The first dose should be given at age 11-12 with a booster dose at age 16.
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
    Protects girls and women against HPV that can lead to cervical cancer and genital warts and protects boys and men against genital warts and anal cancer. Both need a three-dose series.
  • Influenza
    Protects against the seasonal flu strains predicted to be most common during the year and is given annually

Catch up Vaccines:

If your teen did not receive the following vaccine series, they need them now:


  • National Meningitis Association
    The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is a nonprofit organization founded by parents whose children have died or live with permanent disabilities from meningococcal disease.
  • Meningitis Angels
    Meningitis Angels is a nonprofit organization, founded in memory of, Ryan Milley, who died from meningococcal meningitis.
  • World Health Organization
    World Health Organization is lead authority within the United Nations that provides leadership for world health standards, policies and practices.
  • Immunization Action Coalition
    The Immunization Action Coalition 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.I am text block. Click edit button to change this text.