Vaccines give you the power to protect your preteen or teen from several serious diseases.
- Vaccination is one of the best ways parents can protect infants, children and teens from 16 potentially harmful diseases. Vaccine-preventable diseases can be very serious, may require hospitalization or can even be deadly — especially in infants and young children.
- Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases:
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections (septicemia).
- HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV.
- Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis).
- A yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.
- Teens and young adults may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine.
Vaccine-preventable diseases still exist and outbreaks do occur.
- Schools are prime settings for spreading many vaccine-preventable diseases, and school-age children can further spread disease to their families and others with whom they come in contact. Being vaccinated helps stop the spread of disease to family, classmates and others in the community.
- When children are infected with a disease, such as whooping cough or the flu, they may miss several days of school while recovering. A sick child may also cause a parent to miss work or other important events.
- Vaccines are the safest and most effective way to prevent several diseases.
- Vaccines do more than protect your child. Some diseases, like whooping cough and the flu, can be deadly for newborns or babies who are too young to be vaccinated themselves. You can help protect them from being exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases by making sure your child gets all the recommended shots.