School has started in our area and with that is the annual struggle to get your teen ready for school. Thee are four vaccines that you will want to consider for your teen – and there are two new ones that you might ought to be thinking about. Here’s a summary list:
Meningitis Vaccine: Bacterial meningitis is a serious infection resulting in inflammation of the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal chord and kills one in 10 of those infected. All teens need this vaccine. If your child got a dose at 11 or 12, they are ready for a second dose at high school age.
HPV Vaccination: The human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine protects against viruses that cause a range of cancers and genital warts. Federal health officials say all teens should have three doses, but most still don’t get them. The typical current vaccine protects against two or four strains of HPV. A new vaccine protects against nine strains.
Tdap Vaccination: The combined tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine is the adult version of the shot all kids get in elementary school. It’s an important booster.
Flu Vaccine: Yes, we’ll be at the height of flu season all too soon. Flu vaccines are already available. The CDC recommends just about everyone get a flu shot every year. Teens can get either a shot or the nasal spray.
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