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Immunizations for Teenagers and Young Adults

Proper immunizations for teenagers and young adults is important. As your child grows up, they will come in contact with more people from different walks of life. While this is an excellent opportunity, it also exposes your child to different forms of potential disease. Whether they are going off to high school, college or planning an international trip, there are certain immunizations you need to make sure your young adult has received.


Short for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, your child likely has already received this particular inoculation. It is recommended your growing child receives a Tdap immunization around the age of 11 or 12, although it is typically a requirement at the age of 13 in order to enter some school systems. Receiving it earlier (11-12) helps prevent any potential missing of school.


Short for the Human papilloma virus, HPV falls into a similar category as Tdap. Both boys and girls should receive three individual doses of HPV in order to help protect against the disease. It is recommended for your child to begin the first immunization at the age of 9 or 10, although this is more geared towards children if they currently suffers from certain health conditions. Your doctor can tell you whether or not they should start at a younger age. For all other children, receiving the first shop between 11 and 12 is best, with the subsequent two shots administered between the ages of 13 and 18.


There are two different vaccines provided, each of which are recommended for different instances. The MenACWY vaccine is given to all children between the ages of 11 and 12. When your child hits 16, they should receive a booster (usually right around the time they are about to enter the junior year of high school). The second vaccine is the MenB. Teens between the ages of 16 and 18 may receive the shot. It is possible to receive the shot earlier on (such as at the age of 10), but this is based more on health conditions.

Other Immunizations

There are other shots you need to receive a vaccination for. These include Hepatitis A and B, polio and MMR (measles, mumps and rubella). You can talk to your doctor about pneumococcal, as this is geared towards certain young adults and teenagers who suffer from specific health conditions. It never hurts to be as prepared as possible.

Posted in Blog on September 22nd, 2016