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Tips for Parents & Other Adults

How to Keep Track of Vaccinations

To make sure adolescents stay healthy, it is important to know what shots they have had and which are due next. To stay on top of the schedule:

  • Ask your doctor's office if they can send or give you a print-out of your child's immunization record.
  • Keep immunization records in a safe place that you can access easily when you're planning to travel abroad; sign up for school, sports teams, or camp; or if you move or switch doctors.
  • These online tools can also help you keep track:

Records for the Future

When adolescents are old enough to manage their own healthcare, it is time to hand off their vaccine information so they can start keeping track themselves. Make sure the record is up to date. Keep a copy for yourself and give them a copy to store in a safe place. They can take a copy to their health visits and update it when they get vaccines.

Other Tips to Protect Adolescents from Infectious Disease

Parents and other caring adults can help protect adolescents against infectious diseases:

To keep your child up-to-date on their vaccinations, use the checklist below to make sure he or she is covered.

Vaccines for your preteen, ages 11 to 12

Vaccine Doses Date Received
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) 1 Dose  
Meningococcal Conjugate 1 Dose  
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 2 Doses over 6 months Dose 1:
Dose 2:
Flu Shot Once a Year  

Vaccines for your teen, ages 13 to 18

Vaccine Doses Date Received
Meningococcal Conjugate Booster 1 Dose at age 16  
Flu Shot Once a Year  

Ask about other vaccines

Adolescents with certain health conditions that put them at high risk for serious diseases might need extra vaccines. Ask your doctor if your adolescent needs any of these shots.

Vaccine Doses Date Received
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and Pneumococcal Polysaccharine Vaccine (PPSV23) 6-18 years  
Hepatitis A Any age  

Much of this content first appeared on WebMD, reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD, and Hansa Bhargava, MD, as part of a collaboration among the HHS Office on Women’s Health; the HHS Office of Adolescent Health; the HHS National Vaccine Program Office; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the HHS Center for Medicare and Medicaid services to develop web content on vaccines for preteens and teens.


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Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on August 6, 2019