Many parents get their first experience with vaccinations when a child is very young. They head in to their doctor and learn of the need for a few shots. But, many parents need to also know that their teens also need vaccinations. As teens get older, they become more at risk for developing different types of illnesses. And, like young children and adults, vaccinations can help to keep them healthy. Most health insurance plans provide financial support for vaccinations in teens.
What Do Teens Need?
Teens need a wide range of vaccinations. The first step should be to catch the teen up on any type of vaccinations they have not had previously or may need a booster for. Your doctor should compare records and may do blood tests to determine this. In addition, there are new vaccinations that are introduced usually prior to or just after middle school. Talk to your doctor about the following types of vaccinations:
- Chickenpox or varicella is often given to children at a young age, but teens may need a second dose.
- Hepatitis A and B may be necessary in some teens. If they have not received this vaccination they may need it now.
- Human papillomavirus or HPV is a three dose vaccination that is given to teens between the ages of 11 and 12. It helps to prevent cervical cancer and other types.
- Influenza shots are generally given to most people each year. It can help to protect against the flu.
- Some teens need measles, mumps, and rubella shots. Over their childhood, they need to have two doses.
- Meningococcal is another type of vaccination given to teens. There are various types of vaccinations available. Generally, the first doze is given to preteens and teens between the age of 11 and 12 with a second dose at around 16.
- Pneumococcal is a rarely given vaccination depending on the individual’s serious health conditions.
- Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis are vaccinations that are given again to preteens, usually around 11 to 12 years of age. A booster shot may be necessary over time.
With your health insurance in place, you should be able to get the care you need for these types of vaccinations. Ensure your child remains safe as they age.
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