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FAQ: Children's Vaccines


What about vaccinating my preteen?

Your preteen should receive at least three immunizations:

  1. Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
  2. Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
  3. Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine for girls

This is probably different from when you were a child. There are two reasons for these changes.

First, we have learned that immunity from some immunizations (like the DTaP) may disappear over time, so a booster vaccine can re-energize the immune system against that germ.

Second, some vaccines (like the HPV and meningococcal vaccines) are meant to prevent infections that only start in adolescence, so it makes sense to administer them during the preteen years.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Amita Shroff, MD on July 25, 2013
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