2021 Recommended Vaccinations for Children 7-18 Years Old

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COVID-19 Vaccination

ACIP recommends use of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 5 and older within the scope of the Emergency Use Authorization or Biologics License Application for the particular vaccine. COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines may be administered on the same day. See the COVID-19 Vaccine Product Information page for additional information about COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States.

* = These boxes indicate when the vaccine is recommended for all children unless your doctor tells you that your child cannot safely receive the vaccine.

† = These boxes indicate the vaccine should be given if a child is catching-up on missed vaccines.

§ = These boxes indicate the vaccine is recommended for children with certain health or lifestyle conditions that put them at an increased risk for serious diseases. See vaccine-specific recommendations at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html.

¶ = This shaded box indicates children not at increased risk may get the vaccine if they wish after speaking to a provider.

Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about the vaccines recommended for their age. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for some adolescents.

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Tetanus, diphtheria,
Meningococcal Pneumococcal Hepatitis B Hepatitis A Polio MMR
7-8 Years * § §
9-10 Years * § §
11-12 Years * * * * §
13-15 Years *
16-18 Years * *
More Information: Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year. All 11- through 12-year-olds should get one shot of Tdap. All 11- through 12- year olds should get a 2-shot series of HPV vaccine. A 3-shot series is needed for those with weakened immune systems and those who start the series at 15 years or older. All 11- through 12- year olds should get one shot of meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY). A booster shot is recommended at age 16. Teens 16–18 years old may be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine.

See Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and the Vaccines that Prevent Them

Page last reviewed: February 12, 2021