HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is an infection that can cause
cancers and genital warts in both males and females. HPV vaccine is
recommended for boys and girls starting at 11-12 years old. The
vaccine will help prevent them from developing certain cancers in
the future. The HPV vaccine is given in 3 shots. Be sure that your
child gets all 3 shots of HPV vaccine for full protection.
If your child is older than 11-12 years, your child can still
start the HPV series. Talk to your doctor about how to get
Learn more about the HPV
Meningococcal bacteria cause meningitis and other serious
infections, which can be fatal. The vaccine will help protect your
child against meningococcal bacteria. All 11-12 years olds should
be vaccinated with meningococcal vaccine. Your child will also need
a booster shot of this vaccine at age 16 years.
One dose of the meningococcal vaccine is required for a teen to
attend school in Philadelphia (public, private, parochial and
charter) at either 6th or 7th grades.
about Meningococcal vaccine here.
Tdap vaccine is recommended for preteens at ages 11 or 12 years
for protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping
cough). Protection provided by the DTaP vaccine received in
childhood wears off as children get older, so preteens and teens
need a booster shot known as Tdap.
One dose of the Tdap vaccine is required for a teen to attend
school in Philadelphia (public, private, parochial and charter) at
either 6th or 7th grades.
Learn more about Tdap
Preteens and teens (and everyone else 6 months and older) should
get the flu vaccine every year. The flu virus
usually causes a cough, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue
(tiredness) and sometimes fever. Flu spreads easily when sick
people cough, sneeze, or talk. While most preteens and teens with
the flu get better in a couple of weeks, some will get
complications like sinus infections, or pneumonia (a serious lung
infection). For preteens and teens who have chronic health problems
like diabetes or asthma, flu symptoms can make their chronic health
Flu season begins each October. Talk to your doctor about the
annual flu vaccine for your family.
Preteens and teens may also need a dose of Hepatitis A
vaccine. Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by
the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is usually spread by close
personal contact with someone who has the virus, and sometimes by
eating food or drinking water containing HAV. A person who has
hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same
household. Talk to your doctor to find out if your teen needs a
dose of Hepatitis A vaccine!