Vaccines help to improve the health of our communities.
Vaccines prevent people from getting sick and stop the spread of disease. People who are not immunized are left at risk for illness and spreading disease to others who cannot be vaccinated themselves. Vaccines are very safe and effective.
What can I do?
Talk to your parents or caregiver about the vaccinations you need. There are many opportunities for vaccination, so take advantage of health check-ups, sports or camp physicals to ensure that you receive the recommended immunizations.
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HPV infections can lead to genital warts and several forms of cancer, including cervical, anal, penile, mouth and throat. It is a three does series and you should start with the vaccine at the age of 11 or 12.
Doctors recommend that people your age receive the flu vaccine every year since new strains of the virus constantly develop. It is best to get vaccinated before the winter flu season of every year.
Tdap is a vaccine that protects you against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, three potentially life threatening diseases. You should get this vaccine when you are 11 or 12 years old, then every 10 years after that.
Meningococcal vaccines help protect against bacteria that can cause serious illnesses like infections of the fluid and lining around the brain and spinal cord. All 11 to 12 year olds should be vaccinated with a single dose of the MenACWY vaccine and get a second shot at the age of 16.