Recommended Immunizations for Children & Adolescents Ages 7 to 18
Hepatitis A (HepA)
Anyone can get infected with Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease that is spread through close personal contact with a person that has Hepatitis A or from contaminated food and water. The vaccine is given as two doses, 6 to 18 months apart.
Hepatitis B (HepB)
You need three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine if you have not already received them.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
All adolescent girls should get three doses of HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
All children and teens through age 18 years should receive annual vaccination against influenza.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
Check with your immunization provider to make sure you’ve had two doses of MMR.
This vaccine is recommended for all teens ages 11 through 18 years, college freshmen who will be or are living in dormitories, and those with certain special medical conditions.
Pneumococcal Disease (Pneumococcal Shot)
Do you have a chronic health problem? Talk to your immunization provider about whether you should receive a pneumococcal shot.
If you haven’t completed your series of polio vaccine doses, you should complete them now.
You need a booster dose of Tdap at age 11 to 12 years. If you’re older and already had a Td booster, you should get a Tdap shot to get the extra protection against pertussis (whooping cough). After that, you will need a Td booster dose every ten years.
Varicella (Var) (Chickenpox Shot)
If you have not been previously vaccinated and have not had chickenpox, you should get vaccinated against this disease. The vaccine is given as a two-dose series. Any teenager who was vaccinated as a child with only one dose should get a second dose now.