Vaccines at 11 to 12 Years

11 to 12 year old kids

Vaccinations are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.

CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone aged 6 months and older. If your child has not gotten vaccinated yet, talk to his or her doctor about getting it as soon as possible.

Vaccines your child should get

Although your 11 or 12-year-old is getting closer to their teen years, they are still dependent on you. Help them stay healthy by keeping them up to date with the recommended vaccines.

Your preteen should receive routinely recommended vaccines to protect them from the following diseases:

Benefits of vaccinating your child now

  • Protect against dangerous diseases, including infections where the risk of exposure increases as adolescents get older.
  • Boost protection from several diseases, as protection from early childhood vaccines wears off.

When to vaccinate your child

You can take advantage of any visit to your child’s doctor to get recommended vaccines for your child, including sports physicals or annual checkups before the school year. Ask the doctor or nurse every year if there are any vaccines that your child may need.

If your child has serious allergies, including allergies to yeast, latex, or chicken eggs, tell the doctor or nurse before your child gets any shots.

After vaccination

Sometimes children have mild reactions from vaccines, called side effects. After vaccination, your preteen might experience:

  • Redness and soreness: Use a cool, damp cloth to help reduce redness, soreness and/or swelling at the injection site.
  • Fainting after getting a shot: Although rare, 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 possible side effects, read the Vaccine Information Sheet(s).

Call 911 if you think your child might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination site.

What vaccines does my child need?
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