August is National Immunization Month and because of nationwide immunization efforts, the occurrence of many vaccine-preventable diseases has been reduced by more than 99% from the pre-vaccine era. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause once-common diseases such as measles, polio, tetanus still exist in the world.
By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, you can protect yourself, your families and friends, and your community from serious, life-threatening infections.
Here’s what preteens and teens need now, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- Tdap: Protects against tetanus, diptheria and pertussis.
- Meningococcal conjungate: Protects against meningococcal disease, which is usually deadly within 48 hours.
- HPV (girls and boys ages 11-12): Protects against HPV that causes cervical cancer (girls) and anal cancer and genital warts (boys).
- Influenza: Protects against three flu viruses. Preteens and teens should get vaccinated as soon as possible this fall.
Click the PDFs below for the complete immunization schedule for adults and adolescents.