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The resources below can be used to assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals in speaking with patients and their parents about adolescent vaccines.

Tips and Time-savers for Talking with Parents About HPV Vaccine
CDC research shows these straightforward messages are important to parents when discussing HPV vaccine—and easy for you or your staff to deliver. Parents may be interested in vaccinating, yet still have questions. Taking the time to listen to parents’ questions helps you save time and give an effective response.

Provider Factsheet [color - 308 KB, 4 pages]*
Factsheet about adolescent vaccines developed specifically for the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. Also available in black & white [214 KB, 4 pages]

Vaccine Recommendations & Administration

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Tdap HPV MCV4 Flu

Tetanus & diphtheria toxoids & acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
ACIP Recs for Tdap


  • Administer Tdap at age 11-12, as well as at age 13-18 if they have not yet received Tdap, followed by Td booster dose every 10 years.
  • Those 7-10 year not fully immunized, never vaccinated, or have unknown status against pertussis should receive single dose of Tdap. Refer to the catch-up schedule if additional doses of Td-containing vaccine are needed.
  • Tdap can be administered regardless of interval since the last Td–containing vaccine.
  • For pregnant teens not previously vaccinated with Tdap, administer one dose of Tdap during the third trimester or late second trimester.

Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)
ACIP Recommendations for HPV


  • HPV4 or HPV2 is recommended for the prevention of cervical precancers and cancers in females.
  • HPV4 is recommended for prevention of cervical and anal precancers, cancers, as well as genital warts in females.
  • HPV4 is recommended for prevention of anal precancers and cancers, as well as genital warts in males.
  • HPV vaccine is a 3-dose series. Administer the second dose 1 to 2 m after the first dose and the third dose 6 m after the first dose (at least 24 weeks after the first dose).

Meningococcal conjugate vaccine, quadrivalent (MCV4)
ACIP Recommendations for MCV4


  • Administer MCV4 at age 11-12 with a booster dose at age 16 years.
  • Administer 1 dose at age 13-18 if not previously vaccinated.
  • Persons who received their first dose at age 13-15 should receive a booster dose at age 16-18 years.
  • Administer 1 dose to previously unvaccinated college freshmen living in a dormitory or military recruits living in barracks.
  • Persons with HIV infection who are vaccinated with MCV4 should receive 2 doses at least 8 weeks apart.

Influenza vaccine (seasonal)
ACIP Recommendations for Influenza


  • Annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older.
  • For healthy nonpregnant persons age 7-18 (i.e., those who do not have underlying medical conditions that predispose them to influenza complications), either LAIV or TIV may be used.

Tool to help you determine the vaccines needed for adolescents

Download this tool to your PC

Adolescent Immunization SchedulerInteractive Adolescent Scheduler
Do the parents of your preteen and teen patients know more about when to get their oil changed than when their kids are due for vaccine?

Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program

The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides vaccines at no cost to professionals who serve eligible children. Children younger than 19 years of age are eligible for VFC vaccines if they are Medicaid-eligible, American Indian or Alaska Native or have no health insurance. Children who have health insurance that does not cover vaccination can receive VFC vaccines through Federally Qualified Health Centers or Rural Health Centers. VFC vaccines cannot be denied to an eligible child if a family can’t afford the administration fee. Go to the VFC web site for more information about participating in VFC.

Provider Education

  • Recommending HPV Vaccine Successfully 6:36 minutes
    Medscape: CDC Expert Commentary
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat describes how to have clear, confident HPV conversations and address parents’ key questions about HPV vaccine. September 2013
  • Adolescent Immunizations: A Back-to-School Checklist 29:32 minutes
    CDC and Medscape Training
    CME/CE activity for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who recommend or provide vaccinations to preteens and teens. Goals are to improve knowledge of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for vaccination of adolescents and to increase application of the recommended vaccination schedule. July 2012
  • HPV Vaccine: A Shot of Cancer Prevention 18:45 minutes
    CDC and Medscape Training
    CME/CE activity for physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who recommend or provide vaccinations to preteens and teens. The goals of this activity are to increase clinician recognition of the burden of HPV-related disease and to increase understanding of Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations for HPV disease prevention through vaccination. August 2012
  • HPV Vaccine Now Recommended for Boys and Young Men
    Help parents understand why boys should start the HPV vaccine series at age 11-12 years. CDC Expert Commentary, March 2012
  • Clarifying Meningococcal Booster Dose Recommendations
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Amanda Cohn clarifies the meningococcal booster dose recommendations for adolescents. CDC Expert Commentary, January 2012
  • Increasing HPV Vaccine Coverage
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Anne Schuchat outlines the steps that providers can take to ensure that cervical cancer does not develop in this generation of girls at the rates of their mothers and grandmothers. CDC Expert Commentary, December 2011
  • Syncope After Vaccination
  • Make Every Injection Safe!
    In this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Joseph Perz clears up myths and misperceptions that could be putting your patients at risk. CDC Expert Commentary, February 2011
  • Vaccine and Disease Specific

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