Vaccinations for meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) and human papillomavirus (HPV) are recommended for all adolescents beginning at age 11-12. “Some parents hesitate to give the HPV vaccine at 11-12 years since the disease is sexually transmitted, but the earlier you give the vaccine, the better the protection it provides,” says Sheila Nolan, MD, MSCE, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth).
Annual flu vaccinations are also recommended for all ages. “They help prevent more severe complications and mortality, especially in children,” says Nolan.
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