(10 – 18 years old)
Vaccines aren’t just for babies. As kids get older, the protection provided by some of the shots given during childhood can begin to wear off. Older kids can also develop risks for certain infections as they enter the preteen and teen years.
The vaccines for preteens and teens help protect your children and their friends, and family members too. There are four vaccines recommended for preteens and teens. All kids should get a flu vaccine every year, and three other vaccines should be given starting when kids are 11 or 12 years old.
The four vaccines recommended for preteens and teens are:
- HPV (human papillomavirus vaccine)
- Tdap (whooping cough booster)
- MCV4 (vaccine for meningitis)
- Flu (all kids should get a flu vaccine every year)
Teens may need to catch up on vaccines they missed when they were a preteen. Teens may also need a booster of a vaccine that requires more than one dose to be fully protected.
Any visit to the doctor—for an annual health checkup or a physical for sports or college—can be a good time for preteens and teens to get the recommended vaccinations. Even if your child is going to the doctor because they are sick or hurt, they still may be able to get shots that they need. Vaccines are also available at the health district.
Before visits to the doctor, review this easy-to-read version of the CDC Recommended Immunizations for Children from 7 through 18 Years Old.
In 2007 the Nevada State Board of Health revised state regulations relating to communicable diseases. The regulations mandate the following:
- A child enrolling in grade seven must be immunized against Bordetella pertussis.
- College freshmen under the age of 24 who plan to live on campus must be immunized against Neisseria meningitis.
Visit the Immunization Clinic Locations webpage for a complete list of public health center and outreach immunization clinics. Certain vaccines may not be available at all public health centers. Call (702) 759-0850 for information on cost and availability.
The immunization schedule developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the recommended guide on when to get vaccinated. Visit the (CDC) website for the most updated immunization schedules.
Vaccine Information Sheets
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a number of vaccine information sheets providing details of the vaccines required to be administered. Download vaccine information sheets on the VIS webpage.
Visit www.vaccines.gov for more information about adolescent immunizations.
The health district supports strategies that are designed to strengthen and sustain public health and improve the health of communities through immunization programs. Download the Immunization Program Policy Statement to learn more.
Updated on: October 12, 2018