Preteen & Teen School Immunization Requirements: What Parents Should Know
National Immunization Awareness Month in August is the ideal time to ensure all members of your family are current on recommended vaccines. By ensuring both children and adults are up-to-date on vaccinations, you can prevent harmful diseases from affecting your family.
Vaccinations are particularly important for school-age children, who experience increased exposure to infectious agents as they interact with other children and adults in group settings.
New Meningococcal Vaccine Now Available at RediClinic
RediClinic now offers Serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccine to help prevent meningococcal disease, a serious bacterial infection of the tissue surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningococcal disease is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children and teens. There are at least a dozen known strains of meningitis, known as “serogroups.” Serogroups A, B, C, W and Y trigger most meningococcal disease. Meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) protects against serogroups A, C, W and Y, while Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine protects against serogroup B.
Recommended Vaccines for Preteens and Teens
Preteens and teens need to be immunized too! RediClinic supports the vaccine recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which are required prior to school attendance in most states. RediClinic recommends:
- Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. Meningitis vaccines are recommended for preteens and teens beginning at age 11 or 12 years. All 11- and 12-year-olds should get a single shot of a quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). A booster shot is recommended at age 16. All college freshmen who have not received the series should be immunized prior to starting college.
- Serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (MenB) vaccine. This two-dose series is usually recommended for all teens ages 16-18. Teens and adults may be vaccinated with Meningitis B vaccine through the age of 23.
- HPV vaccine. This vaccine is recommended for all children. All 11- and 12-year-olds should get a two-dose series of HPV vaccine at least six months apart. A three-shot series is needed for those with weakened immune systems and those age 15 or older.
- Influenza vaccine. All children and adults should receive a flu shot annually.
- TB skin test or Quantiferon Gold TB blood test. This test detects the presence of tuberculosis (TB) bacteria and is recommended annually.
RediClinic: Your Back-to-School Health Expert
RediClinic is your one-stop source for all school-related health needs, including school immunizations and walk-in school physicals. We’re open seven days a week for your convenience, and we accept most major insurance plans.