Prevention: Preteens and Teens

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Vaccine protection for pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria can fade with time. Preteens going to the doctor for their regular check-up at age 11 or 12 years should get a dose of Tdap. Tdap is a booster shot for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Teens who did not get this vaccine at the 11- or 12-year-old check-up should get vaccinated at their next visit. Being up-to-date with Tdap is especially important for preteens and teens who will be around babies.

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Resources for Preteens and Teens