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Taking your Preteen or Teen to their sports physical, making sure they eat healthy and get plenty of sleep…you know these are crucial to your child’s health. Schuyler County Public Health would also like you to know your preteens and teens need vaccines to stay healthy and protected against serious diseases.
As preteens and teens get older, they are at increased risk for some infections. The protection provided by some of the childhood vaccines begins to wear off, so they need an additional dose (booster) to extend protection. You may have heard about whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks recently. Vaccine-preventable diseases are still around and causing serious illnesses. The vaccines for preteens and teens can help protect your kids, as well as their friends, community and other family members.
There are four vaccines recommended for all preteens at ages 11 to 12:
Teens and young adults (16- through 23-year olds) may also receive a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine, preferably at 16 through 18 years old.
You can use any health care visit, including sports or camp physicals, checkups or some sick visits, to get the shots your kids need. Talk with your child’s health care professional to find out which vaccines your preteens and teens need. Vaccines are a crucial step in keeping your kids healthy.
Want to learn more about the vaccines for preteens and teens? Check out https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/diseases/index.html or call Schuyler County Public Health at 607-535-8140.