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Adolescent Vaccines

The HPV vaccine protects against 6 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. HPV vaccines can be given starting age 9.
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.
The Flu is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious illness, hospitalization, or even death. It is recommended that everyone six months and older get an annual flu vaccine.
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is recommended for children 6 months and older, to help protect against the coronavirus disease.

COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, which includes studies in adolescents. For more information about the COVID-19 Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents, click here.