Teen Years: Ages 13 Through 18

Continue to schedule annual doctor’s visits for your child during his or her high school years. If your child has missed any previous vaccines, such as any doses of HPV vaccine series, talk to his or her doctor about catching up. If your child travels outside of the United States, make sure to check if he or she needs any additional vaccines.

Get an additional dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine at age 16, and be sure to get flu vaccine before the end of October every year. If interested, you can also talk to your child’s doctor about serogroup B meningococcal vaccine. As your child heads to college, make sure all vaccinations are up to date and he or she has a copy of all immunization records.

Recommended Vaccines Protect Against These Diseases:

About the flu:

  • Flu is a potentially serious, contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can lead to hospitalization and even death.

  • Every year, millions of people get the flu, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes.

  • Flu vaccination can prevent illness, doctors’ visits, missed work and school, as well as flu-related hospitalizations.

  • Flu vaccination can reduce the risk of flu-associated death in children by nearly half, according to a recent CDC study.

Flu vaccine recommendations:

  • CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly seasonal flu vaccine by the end of October, if possible, to ensure the best available protection against flu.

  • Children 6 months through 8 years getting vaccinated for the first time and those who have only previously gotten one dose of vaccine should get two doses of flu vaccine, spaced at least 28 days apart.

To learn more about protecting you and your family from flu each year, check CDC’s annual recommendations or talk to your doctor.

About meningococcal disease:

  • Meningococcal conjugate vaccine helps protect against four types of meningococcal bacteria, which can cause serious and even deadly infections.

  • The most common types of meningococcal infections are meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and bloodstream infections.

  • Meningococcal disease can become very serious, very quickly. Even with treatment, 10 to 15 out of 100 people with meningococcal disease will die from it.

CDC recommends two doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine:

Older teens need a second shot when they are 16 years old so they stay protected during the ages when they are at highest risk.

About serogroup B meningococcal infection:

  • Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine helps protect against one type of meningococcal bacteria, which can cause serious and even deadly infections.

  • The most common types of meningococcal infections are meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord, and bloodstream infections.

  • Meningococcal disease can become very serious, very quickly. Even with treatment, 10 to 15 out of 100 people with meningococcal disease will die from it.

Serogroup B vaccine may be given at 16 through 23 years. If you are interested, talk to your child’s doctor.

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Flu vaccine Every year, by the end of October if possible.
Meningococcal conjugate vaccine 2nd dose
Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine 2 doses (talk to your child’s doctor)

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