3 For Me

For Parents

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 vaccines.

Is giving my teen 3 vaccines at the same medical visit a good idea?

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 effects.

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 cough).

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 warts.

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 HPV.

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.