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Children's Vaccines Health Center

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Immunizations - Adolescent Immunizations

Hepatitis B (Hep B)(What is a PDF document?)

This is important if your child never got this shot.

This shot protects against hepatitis B disease.

Who should get it?

  • Anyone 18 years of age or younger who has not had this shot should get three doses over a period of about 6 months.

Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)(What is a PDF document?)

This is important if your child never got this shot.

This shot protects against measles, mumps, and rubella. There is a measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (MMRV, or ProQuad) shot(What is a PDF document?) that also protects against chickenpox (varicella). It can be substituted for either or both doses of MMR in children ages 12 months to 12 years.

Who should get it?

  • If your child did not get either or both doses, he or she should try to get immunized at age 11 or 12.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV, or Pneumovax 23)(What is a PDF document?)

This shot does not necessarily reduce the risk of getting pneumonia. But it can prevent some of the serious complications of pneumonia, such as blood infections (sepsis).

Who should get it?

Immunization safety

Most side effects from vaccines are minor, if they occur at all. The doctor may have your child stay in the office for up to 15 minutes after the shots are given, to watch for any reactions.

You may worry that immunizations are dangerous if they are given when your child has a cold or other minor illness. Talk to your child's doctor if you have concerns about the timing of shots. But keep in mind that shots can usually still be given during a mild illness, while medicines are being taken, and in other situations where a child may not be in perfect health. There are very few reasons for which doctors suggest that a person postpone or not get an immunization.

For more information about vaccine safety studies and vaccine side effects, see the topic Immunization Safety.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 01, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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