Recommended Vaccinations for Teens

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Our children’s health and well-being is our top priority as parents. When our children are young, we take them to the doctor for all those well-baby check-ups and immunizations. Making sure our adolescent “babies” are receiving vaccinations and annual check-ups are just as important. Are you familiar with the recommended vaccinations for teens?

top image - immunization dose, bottom image - 3 teens looking away from the camera and bandages on the upper arms with title text reading Recommended Immunizations for Teens

As a military family, we’ve always been diligent about keeping current on the necessary and recommended immunizations for all of us. Since we travel often, including overseas,  it’s critical for our health. Making sure that my children are up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations has been important to me and has helped keep my children very healthy. 

Did you know that while most parents and teens think it’s important for all teens to be vaccinated, the vaccination rates for teens are much lower than they should be? Unity Consortium’s survey found:

  • 34% of teens don’t know how being vaccinated helps them.
  • 41% of parents believe their teens should only see a doctor when feeling ill. This reduces the opportunity for preventive health care, like vaccinations.
  • Approximately 25% of parents and teens think that vaccines are more important for babies than teens.
info graphic of issues teens face with immunizations

Unity Consortium is committed to addressing the challenges surrounding teen and young adult health issues.  Their goal is for 9 out of 10 teens and young adults to be fully vaccinated against preventable diseases. Since vaccinations prevent disease, it simply makes sense to ensure your child is current on all recommended immunizations. Why would you not prevent a preventable disease?

Annual medical check-ups are critical for preventive health care. Those visits are even more important at ages 11-12 years and 16 years, so that adolescents receive the recommended vaccinations on-time.

Vaccinations are a fundamental part of adolescent health and guarding against preventable disease. 

You can learn more about recommended Vaccinations for Teens according to Unity Consortium here.

  • Meningococcal-includes two distinct meningococcal disease vaccines (ACWY and B)
  • Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and Td Booster (tetanus and diphtheria)
  • HPV-human papillomavirus
  • Flu
teen boy holding baseball bat and bandage on upper arm

Be sure to check your teen’s shot records today and learn more about recommended vaccinations for teens at Unity Consortium.  Now is the perfect time to schedule an annual check-up with your child’s doctor if he or she hasn’t had one in the past year and take care of all recommended preventive health care. No matter how old they are, your teen is still your baby and his or her health and well-being is still important.  

3 teens' arms with bandages on the upper arm with title text reading Recommended Immunizations for Teens

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    1. I agree, Cynthia. It’s important for parents to educate themselves so they can make informed decisions about their child’s healthcare.

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