What Vaccines Does My Tween or Teen Need?
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MCV4: Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against some of the bacteria that can cause meningitis (swelling of the lining around the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (an infection in the blood). Preteens need the MCV4 shot when they are 11 or 12 years old and then they need a booster shot at age 16. Teens who got the MCV4 shot when they were 13, 14, or 15 years old should still get a booster at 16. Older teens who haven’t gotten any MCV4 shots should get it as soon as possible.
Tdap: This vaccine protects against three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Preteens should get Tdap at age 11 or 12. If your teen didn’t get a Tdap shot as a preteen, ask his or her doctor about getting the shot now.
For more information, visit cdc.gov/vaccines/teens.