Vaccines at 11 to 12 Years

11 to 12 year old kids

There are 4 vaccines recommended for preteens. These vaccines can prevent very serious diseases like meningitis and HPV cancers.

What vaccines will my child get?

At 11-12 years old, your preteen should receive vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:

Why does my child need vaccines now?

  • As protection from childhood vaccines wears off, adolescents need vaccines that will extend protection.
  • Adolescents need protection from additional infections as well, before the risk of exposure increases.

In addition to a yearly flu vaccine, your child needs three essential vaccines that will provide protection as he or she enters adulthood.

When should my child be vaccinated?

A good time to get these vaccines is during a yearly health checkup.

Your preteen or teen can also get these vaccines at a physical exam required for sports, school, or camp. It’s a good idea to ask the doctor or nurse every year if there are any vaccines that your child may need.

After vaccination

After your child gets a vaccination some people, including preteens, might experience the following:

  • Redness and soreness: Using a cool, damp cloth to help reduce redness, soreness and/or swelling at the injection site.
  • Fainting after getting a shot: Fainting after any vaccine is more common among adolescents. Sitting or lying down when getting a shot and then for about 15 minutes after the shot can help prevent fainting.

Serious side effects are rare. To learn more about the possible side effects, read the Vaccine Information Sheet(s).

alert icon Allergies: It is very important to tell the doctor or nurse if your child has any serious allergies, including allergies to yeast, latex, or chicken eggs, before they receive any shots.

Following the vaccine schedule

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Family Physicians, and American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend children receive all vaccines according to the recommended vaccine schedule.

Page last reviewed: February 25, 2020