Recommended Vaccinations for Children 7 to 18 Years Old, Parent-Friendly Version
United States, 2022
ACIP recommends use of COVID-19 vaccines for everyone ages 6 months and older. COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines may be administered on the same day. See the COVID-19 Vaccine: Interim COVID-19 Immunization Schedule for additional information.
|These shaded boxes indicate when the vaccine is recommended for all children unless your doctor tells you that your child cannot safely receive the vaccine.||These shaded boxes indicate the vaccine SHOULD be given if a child is catching up on missed vaccines.||These shaded 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.||This shade box indicates vaccination may begin in this age group.|
Talk to your child’s doctor or nurse about the vaccines recommended for their age. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for ages 6 months and older.
|Meningococcal||Pneumococcal||Dengue||Hepatitis B||Hepatitis A||Polio||MMR
|More Information:||Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year if they do not have contraindications.||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.||Ages 10 years and older at increased risk should receive a serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine. Ages 16–18 years old who are not at increased risk may be vaccinated with a MenB vaccine.||Ages 9-16 years who live in dengue endemic areas AND have laboratory confirmation of previous dengue infection.|
|Disease||Vaccine||Disease spread by||Disease symptoms||Disease complications|
|Chickenpox||Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox.||Air, direct contact||Rash, tiredness, headache, fever||Infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death|
|Dengue||dengue vaccine protects against dengue||bite from infected mosquito||May be no symptom, fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, rash, joint pain, body ache, nausea, loss of appetite feeling tired, abdominal pain||severe bleeding, seizures, shock, damage to liver, heart, and lungs, death|
|Diphtheria||Tdap* and Td ** vaccines protect against diptheria.||Air, direct contact||Sore throat, mild fever, weakness, swollen glands in neck||Swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death|
|Hepatitis A||HepA vaccine protects against hepatitis A.||Direct contact, contaminated food or water||May be no symptoms, fever, stomach pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), dark urine||Liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic and blood disorders, death|
|Hepatitis B||HepB vaccine protects against hepatitis B.||Contact with blood or body fluids||May be no symptoms, fever, headache, weakness, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of skin and eyes), joint pain||Chronic liver infection, liver failure, liver cancer, death|
|Human Papillomavirus||HPV vaccine protects against human papillomavirus.||Direct skin contact||May be no symptoms, genital warts||Cervical, vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, oropharyngeal cancers|
|Influenza (Flu)||Flu vaccine protects against influenza.||Air, direct contact||Fever, muscle pain, sore throat, cough, extreme fatigue||Pneumonia (infection in the lungs), bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, death|
|Measles||MMR*** vaccine protects against measles.||Air, direct contact||Rash, fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye||Encephalitis (brain swelling), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death|
|Meningococcal Disease||MenACWY and MenB vaccines protect against meningococcal disease.||Air, direct contact||Sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck, dark purple rash||Loss of limb, deafness, nervous system disorders, developmental disabilities, seizure disorder, stroke, death|
|Mumps||MMR*** vaccine protects against mumps.||Air, direct contact||Swollen salivary glands (under the jaw), fever, headache, tiredness, muscle pain||Meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord) , encephalitis (brain swelling), inflammation of testicles or ovaries, deafness, death|
|Pertussis||Tdap* vaccine protects against pertussis.||Air, direct contact||Severe cough, runny nose, apnea (a pause in breathing in infants)||Pneumonia (infection in the lungs), death|
|Polio||Polio vaccine protects against polio.||Air, direct contact, through the mouth||May be no symptoms, sore throat, fever, nausea, headache||Paralysis, death|
|Pneumococcal Disease||Pneumococcal vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease.||Air, direct contact||May be no symptoms, pneumonia (infection in the lungs)||Bacteremia (blood infection), meningitis (infection of the covering around the brain and spinal cord), death|
|Rubella||MMR*** vaccine protects against rubella.||Air, direct contact||Sometimes rash, fever, swollen lymph nodes||Very serious in pregnant women—can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, birth defects|
|Tetanus||Tdap* and Td ** vaccines protect against tetanus.||Exposure through cuts on skin||Stiffness in neck and abdominal muscles, difficulty swallowing, muscle spasms, fever||Broken bones, breathing difficulty, death|
*Tdap combines protection against diptheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
**Td combines protection against diptheria and tetanus.
***MMR combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella.