FAQs: Adolescents

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

Preventive health care is just as important for adolescents as it is for infants and young children. While most recommended vaccines are given at a very young age, some vaccines are recommended for older children and adolescents.

A tetanus booster at age 11-12 years (and every 10 years after), some adolescents may need to catch up on missed vaccines.

Some vaccines, such as influenza and hepatitis A, are recommended for certain adolescents, and are newly recommended for younger adolescents and college-bound teens. College-bound teens and their parents should be aware of the risk of meningococcal disease and consider vaccination. For a complete schedule of recommended vaccinations for adolescents, please review the Vaccination Schedule.

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