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HHS HealthBeat (November 8, 2012)

Preteens, teens and vaccines

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Vaccines: Pre-Teens and Teens

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Vaccines: Preteens and teens.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Christina Dorell says teens and preteens should get Tdap, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis or whooping cough – and a vaccine that protects against meningococcal meningitis.  She also says teens – boys and girls – should get the HPV vaccine, which protects against human papilloma virus, which can cause some forms of cancer, notably cervical cancer.

“It is important for parents to remember to bring their teens in for a check-up each year and review their vaccination records to see which vaccines are needed.”

A study on vaccination 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: November 8, 2012