Are your tweens protected?

mom hugging preteen sonYou can’t protect your preteen from everything, but you can protect them from some very serious diseases. 

Vaccine shots are not just for kids.  All 11-12 year olds need protection against diseases like whooping cough, flu, chicken pox, and meningococcal meningitis.  Your child is exposed to infectious diseases every day. Protecting them is something you can do now.

Contact your doctor and check your 11-12-year old’s immunization records to see if they are missing any of the following important shots that protect them from dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) - State law requires 7th graders to get a whooping cough shot (Tdap) before starting school.
  • Meningococcal Meningitis - Preteens need one shot now and a booster at age 16.
  • Flu - You can spread the flu to others even before you feel sick. So make sure the whole family gets a flu shot every year.
  • Chickenpox and other catch-up vaccines - Preteens may have missed doses of childhood vaccines so be sure to check with your doctor.
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - Boys and girls need 3 shots for full protection.

Even healthy young people can catch dangerous diseases. 
See some true stories at http://www.mybestshot.org/true-stories/

You may not be able to prevent your kid from acne, peer pressure or a broken heart, but you can prevent several deadly diseases by getting them immunized today.  Protect their health throughout their adolescent years…and beyond. It could save their life!

For more information, visit www.smchealth.org/immunizations, www.GetImmunizedCA.org and www.ShotsforSchool.org.