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Adolescents Immunization Recommendations

If you are 11-18 year of age, you may need one or more of the following immunizations. Talk to your health care provider about what immunizations you may need.

Measles

Measles is especially contagious and can spread quickly in places like schools. Although most children receive the first dose of measles before entering school, it is Utah law that all children kindergarten through grade 12 have two doses of measles. It is most commonly given as the MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis booster (Tdap) or Td

A booster dose of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) is recommended for adolescents at 11-12 years of age.

Hepatitis A

Many teens also need protection from hepatitis A disease. It is recommended that teens and young adults, especially high risk individuals, are vaccinated against hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B

In the United States, most cases of hepatitis B occur in teens and young adults. Hepatitis B can cause serious liver damage and death. This disease can be prevented with two or three doses (depending on brand) of vaccine, given over four to six months.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV9)

HPV9 vaccine is an inactivated vaccine which protects against nine major types of HPV and is recommended for boys and girls at 11-12 years of age.

Varicella (Chickenpox)

Chickenpox is more dangerous when contracted as a teen or an adult and can cause serious complications. Adolescents 13 years of age and older (who have never had chickenpox or received chickenpox vaccine) should get two doses three months apart.

Influenza

CDC recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated every flu season.  Children 6 months through 8 years of age may need 2 doses during a single flu season.  Everyone else needs only 1 dose each flu season.

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Disease

Pneumococcal Conjugate Disease

If you have a chronic health condition, check with your health care provider to see if you should receive a pneumococcal vaccine.

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease causes such illnesses as meningitis, blood infection and pneumonia. The meningococcal conjugated vaccine is a two dose series recommended for adolescents at 11-12 years old and a booster dose at 16.  Men B vaccine may be administered based on individual clinical decision to adolescents not at increased risk age 16-23 years old.