The HPV vaccine prevents against many types of cancer, including cervical cancer in females and oropharyngeal cancer in both males and females. It is recommended that pre-teens of age 11 and 12 begin the HPV vaccine series, so they are fully protected before they are ever exposed to the disease.
Meningococcal vaccination is particularly important for adolescents since adolescents and young adults are at an increased risk for contracting the meningococcal disease. The meningococcal bacteria can cause severe disease, including meningitis, leading to permanent disabilities and even death.
This vaccine is a booster shot that continues to protect adolescents from Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. These diseases can cause death and being vaccinated against pertussis (whooping cough) prevents the spread of the disease to babies too young to get the vaccine.