FAQs: Adolescents

Frequently asked questions and what you need to know about vaccinations for adolescents.

Adolescents should receive several important vaccines to protect their health. Commonly recommended vaccines include the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine to prevent certain cancers, the Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough), the meningococcal vaccine to prevent meningitis, and the annual flu vaccine. Additionally, catch-up vaccines may be necessary if certain vaccinations were missed during childhood.

Yes, even healthy adolescents should get vaccinated. Vaccines are essential for preventing serious diseases and their complications. By receiving recommended vaccines, adolescents not only protect themselves but also contribute to community immunity, helping prevent the spread of contagious diseases to more vulnerable individuals. To see the full vaccination schedule, click here!

Yes, vaccines are generally safe for adolescents. Extensive research and clinical trials are conducted to ensure the safety and effectiveness of vaccines before they are approved for use. While mild side effects like soreness at the injection site or low-grade fever may occur, serious adverse reactions are extremely rare. The benefits of vaccination in preventing serious diseases far outweigh the minimal risks of side effects.

The HPV vaccine is essential for adolescents because it protects against human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to various cancers later in life. Getting vaccinated early, before exposure to the virus, provides the best protection. The HPV vaccine is recommended for both males and females and is typically given between the ages of 11 and 12.

Yes, the field of immunization is continually evolving, and new or updated vaccines may be recommended for adolescents. For example, there have been updates to the meningococcal vaccine recommendations to include additional booster doses for certain age groups. It’s essential to stay informed about the latest vaccination guidelines and discuss them with a healthcare provider to ensure adolescents receive the most up-to-date protection.