Opportunity to Prevent Severe Diseases

We have the opportunity to prevent severe diseases, such as meningitis, cervical and other HPV-related cancers, and whooping cough through vaccines. There are three vaccines that all 11-12 year-olds should receive to prevent these diseases. We recommend that you protect your child by getting them vaccinated with the meningococcal, HPV, and Tdap vaccines today.

Available Vaccines

Meningitis Vaccine

Meningococcal meningitis is swelling of the tissues that surround the brain and spinal column, caused by infection with a certain type of bacteria.

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HPV Vaccine

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus that infects epithelial cells, including skin and mucosa (such as the throat and anogenital region).

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TDAP Vaccine

Tdap vaccine prevents three diseases – tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as whopping cough).

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We normally think of vaccines for our young children, but over the last decade we have improved our ability to protect adolescents from disease. We give these vaccines at these ages because we want to make sure your children are as protected as possible, as soon as possible. The schedule for these vaccines for your tween has been recommended by experts who review the data on how well these vaccines work, how safe they are, and when we can maximize their protection. Additionally, getting your child vaccinated today will save you from having to remember to make appointments to bring them back later, and the sooner they start, the sooner they will be finished.