Immunizations for Teens
These recommendations are established by the listed resources only and not by GEHA. The recommendations are intended as general guidelines only. Other resources may offer different recommendations. Please consult your health care provider to determine which immunizations your children need. Be sure to check your GEHA Plan Brochure for coverage information on all screenings, exams and immunizations.
Recommended immunization schedule for children and teens (age 11-19)
- You need a series of doses of hepatitis B vaccine if you have not already received them.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
- Check with your health care provider to make sure you've had two doses of MMR.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (whooping cough) (Td, Tdap)
- You need a booster dose of Tdap after your 11th birthday (if it has been 5 years or more since your last dose). After that, you will need a Td booster dose every 10 years.
- If you haven't completed your series of polio vaccine doses and you are not yet 18, you should complete them now.
- If you have not been previously vaccinated and have not had chickenpox, you should get vaccinated against this disease. Children 12 years of age and younger need one dose. Teens 13 years of age and older need two doses.
- Some teens need protection from hepatitis A. Do you travel outside the United States? Do you live in a community with a high rate of hepatitis A? Do you use illegal drugs? Do you have a clotting factor disorder or chronic liver disease? Talk to your health care provider about this two-dose series of shots.
- Do you have a chronic health problem such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, etc.? Vaccination against influenza is especially recommended every fall for people with chronic diseases.
- Do you have a chronic health problem? Talk to your health care provider about whether you should receive a "pneumococcal shot."
- All 11- to 12-year-olds, teens about to enter high school (or at about age 15) and older teens who are college bound and planning to live in dormitories should get vaccinated against meningococcal disease. People with certain medical conditions should also receive this vaccine.
Source: The Immunization Action Coalition (www.immunize.org)