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What You Need to Know about Vaccines and Preventative Care for Your Teens

When the kids were babies, going to the pediatrician for check ups and keeping their vaccinations on schedule came second nature to me.  Now as my oldest is growing rapidly and is an inch away from towering over me, it’s not something that comes to mind quite as often.  However, our preteens still not only need annual check-ups they also need certain vaccines.

I understand that with preteens, life can get busy between school, friends and extra cirricular activities.  Which is likely why “the Majority of parents and teens believe it is important for all teens to be vaccinated, however the rates are far lower than where they should be.”  According to a recent survey conducted by Unity Consortium (United for Adolescent Vaccination).

Here in Florida preteens need their vaccines before the beginning of 7th grade, to receive a class schedule.  My sons school sent out automated messages throughout the summer which helped parent remember to schedule their preteen’s annual physical appointment in the midst of summer fun and back to school shopping.

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That same Unity Consortium survey also revealed approximately 1 in 4 parents and teens believe that vaccines are more important for babies and not as important for teens.  Also that 34% of teens don’t know how being vaccinated helps them.  Therefore, it is so important for parents and teens to have more resources available to them so that they can learn more about the benefits of vaccinations.

Unity Consortium also discovered that 41% of parents believe their teen should only see a doctor when they feel sick.  With my family having several health scares, I personally can’t stress enough the importance of annual checkups, which can catch issues that may not necessarily bother a child right away.  Only visiting the doctor during bouts of illness also reduces the opportunity to discuss preventative health issues, such as immunizations.

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Luckily Unity Consortium believes that Annual check-ups are a critical part of preventive care and that immunization is a central part of adolescent health, being the best investments, you can make to your teens’ long-term health.  
They are helping raise awareness and addressing the challenges surrounding adolescent and young adult health, with a goal of ensuring 9 out of 10 teens are fully vaccinated against preventable diseases.

What Vaccinations are recommended for Teens?

  • Meningococcal-includes two distinct meningococcal disease vaccines (ACWY and B)
  • Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and Td Booster (tetanus and diphtheria)
  • HPV-human papillomavirus
  • Flu

Learn more about vaccines for your teens and preventative health by visiting Unity4TeenVax.org
Make sure your adolescents are up to date with their vaccinations.

12 Comments on What You Need to Know about Vaccines and Preventative Care for Your Teens

  1. Amber Myers
    August 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm (2 months ago)

    I’ll keep this in mind. I have a teen!

  2. Stacie Haight Connerty
    August 30, 2017 at 9:43 pm (2 months ago)

    This is excellent info! I have THREE coming up on the teen years pretty soon.

  3. Alicia Trautwein
    August 30, 2017 at 10:38 pm (2 months ago)

    Its so important to make sure your child is up to date on their vaccines, especially the ones they get as teens!

  4. Brandy Eastman Tanner
    August 31, 2017 at 12:04 am (2 months ago)

    There is so many things to think about with teens, I am walking that path now, about two years into it!

  5. Rini Desai
    August 31, 2017 at 12:14 am (2 months ago)

    So much great info in this post. I love that you are talking so openly about it.

  6. Marcie Wahrer
    August 31, 2017 at 12:15 am (2 months ago)

    Excellent info! Staying current on vaccines is vital.

  7. Censie Sawyer
    August 31, 2017 at 3:26 am (2 months ago)

    Such important information.

  8. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz
    August 31, 2017 at 10:41 am (2 months ago)

    This is great information for parents of teens.

  9. Melissa Dixon
    August 31, 2017 at 1:34 pm (2 months ago)

    Preventive care is really important!

  10. Alli Rutherford Smith
    August 31, 2017 at 2:44 pm (2 months ago)

    Parents of teens or soon to be teens needs to read this.

  11. Jaime Nicole
    August 31, 2017 at 8:30 pm (2 months ago)

    It’s so important to keep up with vaccines. I need to take to take my oldest to get vaccinated.

  12. Stefani Tolson
    September 1, 2017 at 6:33 am (2 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing this info!

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