Vaccines aren't just for babies and young children. Preteens and
teens need protection too. Call your health care provider today to
ask about your teen's shots. Schedule an appointment to get them
up-to-date on all their vaccines. If you do not have a regular
health care provider, click here for more information.
Which vaccines do teens need?
All teens need three different vaccines. Human Papillomavirus
(HPV), Meningococcal, and Tetanus-Diphtheria-Acellular Pertussis
(Tdap) vaccines can protect your child from dangerous diseases.
Teens may need to receive more than one dose of some of these
Is giving my teen 3 vaccines at the same medical visit a good
Research has shown that these vaccines are as effective when
given together as they would be if given individually. Giving the 3
vaccines at the same time does not increase the risk for side
My teen had DTaP vaccine when he was much younger. Why does he
now need Tdap vaccine?
Protection provided by the DTaP vaccine received in childhood
wears off as children get older, so preteens and teens need a
booster shot. This booster shot is known as Tdap. Tdap vaccine is
recommended for preteens at ages 11 or 12 years to boost their
protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping
How important is it for my teen to get HPV vaccine?
HPV infection can cause many types of cancer, including cervical
cancer, anal cancer, and throat cancer. HPV vaccine is an important
tool to help prevent these cancers. It can also prevent genital
Why is HPV vaccine recommended at ages 11 or 12 years?
Infection with HPV is very common. Most people will be exposed
to HPV at some time during their life. It is best to get your child
protected early in life, before he or she may be exposed to
Do I need to pay for vaccines for my teen?
No, you will not be charged for the cost of any of these teen
vaccines. The vaccines are covered 100% by your insurance or are
provided free by the Vaccines for Children program.
Did you receive a postcard?
The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is working with
your teen's health care provider to remind you that your teen needs
vaccines too. If you have received a postcard, it may mean that
your teen is coming of age (11 or 12 years old) and needs to
receive his/her first dose of one or more of these vaccines. If
your teen has already received a dose of these vaccines, they may
be due for additional doses to give them full protection. Click here to learn more
about the postcards.