By Michael P. Neufeld
San Bernardino, CA – It’s time to check to see that your adolescent is up-to-date on his or her immunizations.
Preteen Vaccine Week (February 10-16) is being utilized by the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health to remind mountain families of preteens and adolescents about recommended and required immunizations.
Parents are encouraged to consult with their child’s medical provider to get the following recommended immunizations for preteens & adolescents 11-18 years of age:
* Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine & booster shot
* Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster shot
*A second varicella (chickenpox) shot
* HPV (Human Papillomavirus ) – recommended for both girls and boys
* Seasonal flu shot
* Other immunizations may include hepatitis B, hepatitis A, MMR, and polio if they have not been previously vaccinated
“Protecting your adolescent’s health and future can be as easy as immunizing against vaccine preventable diseases,” County Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D.stated in a media release. “In order to stay healthy as an adolescent and to meet school entry requirements, we encourage families of preteens and adolescents to schedule a visit with their medical provider and get the immunizations they need.”
All incoming 7th graders must provide proof of being immunized against whooping cough (also known as pertussis) before starting 7th grade. Now is the perfect time to schedule an appointment with your child’s medical provider to ensure that your adolescent is up-to-date on all immunizations.
If your preteen or adolescent does not have health insurance or is under-insured, ask your medical provider or the local health department for information about the Vaccines for Children Program, which provides vaccines at low-cost. For County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Clinic locations or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-722-4777, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH online.
For additional immunization information, please visit SHOTS FOR SCHOOL.