Are your children 11-19 years old?

Protect them from serious diseases.

Vaccines protect children of all ages from serious diseases. Preteens and teens are at greater risk for certain diseases. Talk to their health care provider. Get your children's vaccinations updated at their yearly health checkup or camp/sports physical.

Recommended Age Recommended Vaccines for Teens Dose
Starting at 6 months Influenza, or flu 1 dose every year
11-12 years Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) 1 dose
11-12 years Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 2 doses*
11-12 years Meningococcal ACWY 1st dose
16 years Meningococcal ACWY 2nd dose, "booster"
16-23 years Meningococcal B 2 doses

*If they didn't receive a dose before age 15, older teens & young adults need 3 doses.

Human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • HPV causes several types of cancer in males and females.
  • It is the most commonsexually transmitted infection in the U.S.
  • New HPV infections are most commonin the late teen years and early 20s.
  • HPV vaccine protects against certain cancers and most cases of genital warts.
  • HPV vaccine works bestif two doses are given at age 11 or 12.
  • Older teens and young adults need three doses.

Influenza (flu)

  • The flu virus is very contagious. It infects the nose, throat, and the lungs.
  • The flu can cause mild to severe illness and rarely, even death.
  • Your children should get the flu vaccine each year as soon as it is available.
  • If your child has a chronic health condition, like asthma, it's especially important that they get a flu vaccine.
  • The flu vaccine cannot give your child, or anyone else, the flu.

Meningococcal disease

  • Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria. It can result in death or lifelong disabilities.
  • Teens and young adults are at greater risk of getting this disease.
  • At age 11 or 12, all teens need a dose of Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. A booster dose should be given at age 16.
  • Meningococcal B vaccine may also be given to healthy 16- to 23-year-olds.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough)

  • Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria that enter the body through an open wound. Some unvaccinated people who have tetanus will die.
  • Diphtheria is highly contagious. It can cause breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death.
  • Pertussis, or whooping cough, is also highly contagious. It can be deadly for babies. Babies often get whooping cough from their older siblings or other family members.
  • All teens need a dose of Tdap
    (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) vaccine at age 11 or 12.
  • Tdap vaccine protects adolescents from whooping cough. It also helps them avoid infecting others such as babies younger than 6 months. Some infants are too young to get the vaccine or have not yet received the recommended doses.

For more information, visit:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention