Arizona Immunization Program

Information for Parents & Public

General Information | Infants & Children | Adolescents | Adults

Adolescents

What shots does your adolescent need? And when?
Vaccines for 11-18 year olds What this means for YOUR preteen / teen
Tdap
(tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough)

Tdap protects against 3 serious and potentially life-threatening diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (also called pertussis).

Whooping cough outbreaks are ongoing in many states. It continues to be seen at increased levels in Arizona.

For the 2013-14 school year all entering 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th,10th, and 11th grade students will need to provide proof of a Tdap shot before starting school.

Meningococcal

Meningococcal meningitis is easily spread by kissing, sharing drinks, coughing, or sneezing. This disease could cause your otherwise healthy child to lose an arm or leg, become paralyzed, or die. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends one dose at age 11 or 12 and a booster dose at age 16.

For the 2013-14 school year all entering 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will need to provide proof of a MCV4 shot before starting school.

Varicella
(Chickenpox)

Chickenpox is usually worse for adolescents and adults than for kids. A total of two doses of chickenpox vaccine are needed if your child has never had chickenpox disease.

HPV
(Human Papillomavirus)
This 3-shot vaccine series is recommended for girls and boys. For girls, there are two HPV vaccines named Gardasil® and Cervarix®. Both are safe and effective in preventing cervical cancer in women. For boys, Gardasil® is licensed to protect against genital warts and other cancers. HPV vaccine is recommended at 11 or 12 years of age, but it’s available for teens and young adults through 26 years of age.
Seasonal flu

The flu is a serious illness. Even young and healthy children need protection against the flu! An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older.

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