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February 11-17, 2018

Vaccine Recommendations for your 11-12 year olds


Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Whooping cough can cause vomiting, gasping for air, and trouble sleeping. It may last for months and is very contagious. This vaccine is required for 7TH grade entry in California.

HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine is given as a series of shots and recommended for both preteen girls and boys. It prevents warts and several cancers of the reproductive system. HPV vaccine works best when all doses are given well before the start of sexual activity, which can spread HPV infection.

Meningococcal vaccines protect against the devastating bacterial infection, meningococcal meningitis. The infection can lead to brain damage, arm and leg amputations, kidney damage, and death. It is more common among teens and young adults who are in close contact with others at home or school. Preteens need to get immunized now and again at age 16.

Flu (influenza) vaccine is needed every year. Flu is much more serious than the common cold. Even healthy young people can get the flu. Children with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes are especially at risk for pneumonia or even death.

Chickenpox vaccine protects against more than just an itchy rash. The disease can cause pneumonia or serious skin infections. Kids need two shots, but many didn’t get their second shot. Ask your doctor if your preteen needs a chickenpox shot.

Measles vaccine protects against a highly contagious disease that can lead to brain damage and death. Preteens need two shots before starting 7TH grade.

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Questions to ask your doctor

Does my child need any other catch-up shots

Are there any side effects from these vaccines?

Which vaccines are required for school, and can you give me the documentation I need?