In the United States, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other national
organizations advise people about which immunizations they should get and when.
Immunization schedules are for healthy children,
teens, and adults as well as for people who have health problems and other
circumstances, including pregnancy,
diabetes. To see or print a list of recommended immunizations based on
your age, past immunization history, and other factors, see the CDC immunization schedules at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html.
Children and teens in the United States usually need proof that all their
immunizations are up-to-date before they can start
school or day care. Also, students of any age entering college usually need to
have a written record showing that their immunizations are up-to-date.
There's a lot you can do to help prevent meningitis in your teen. A meningococcal vaccine can help prevent the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens. Your teen can also take steps to enhance his or her immune system and to prevent the spread of the disease.
For more information on when to get vaccines, see the topic
The CDC may recommend certain
immunizations for people who are going to travel to a foreign country. For more
information, see the topic
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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