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Vaccines for Teens and Young Adults


Adhesive bandage on a female arm after vaccination stock photo

Shots may hurt a little, but they can prevent diseases that hurt a lot worse. Some diseases could even kill you. Immunization shots (vaccines) are essential. They protect against things like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and polio.1

There a three vaccines that are critical to teen health:

  • TDAP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis). You need one dose of this vaccine when you are 11 to 12.
  • Bacterial Meningitis. You need two doses of this vaccine when you are 11 to 12.
  • HPV. You need three doses by age 13. This vaccine helps prevent cervical cancer and other types of cancer in men and women. If you are older than 13, you can still get all three doses and protect yourself. It is recommended that you get them as early as possible. If you are not sure if you can still get the vaccine, males need to finish the shots by age 21 and females need to finish them by age 26.

Review this timeline to make sure you are up-to-date on your immunizations!

If you missed any vaccines, make sure to see your PCP. It’s easy to catch up on vaccines.

Material adapted from MedlinePlus
1. Immunization. (2015, Aug 24)