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HHS HealthBeat (October 14, 2011)

Older kids’ shots

Youth getting a shot from his doctor
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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Vaccinations don’t stop at babyhood. Parents should know that as kids get older, they still need shots and annual preventive health checks. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Christina Dorell says three vaccines are recommended for preteens and teens:

``Tdap protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, or whooping cough. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against meningococcal meningitis. The HPV vaccine protects against the human papillomavirus that causes most cases of cervical cancer.’’ (14 seconds)

Dorell says parents can have health care providers check their kids’ shot records, and get the kids caught up or be back on schedule.

An article on teen vaccination rates is in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira  Dreyfuss.

Last revised: October 14, 2011