Do you have a preteen or teen? Protect their future with vaccines.
National Immunization Awareness Month is a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Elmira- August is National Immunization Awareness Month which is focused on increasing awareness about immunizations that are recommended for an individual’s entire lifespan. The Chemung County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month and would like parents to be aware of the vaccines preteens and teens need to stay healthy and protected against serious diseases.
As they get older, preteens and teens are at increased risk for some infections. Plus the protection provided by some of the childhood vaccines begins to wear off, so preteens need an additional dose (booster) to “boost” immunity. You may have heard about whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks recently. Vaccine-preventable diseases are still around and very real. 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 be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) 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 healthcare 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 teens, and yourself? Contact the Chemung County Health Department at 607-737-2028. You can also check out www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teens .