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Adolescence – A Time for Vaccinations

Adolescent Health Concerns

For many people in the U.S., adolescence is one of the healthiest times of life. Most parents hope to keep it that way for their young children and teenagers as they progress to young adulthood. The World Health Organization widely defines adolescence as a period of time that begins at the start of puberty and ends when an adult identity and behavior are accepted. Though the timing and extent of these changes may vary among young people, they usually happen from the ages of 10 to 19 years.

But along with rapid physical, intellectual, and emotional development, adolescents may also face a number of health concerns. One important way to help your adolescent be healthy is to keep up to date with his or her vaccinations.

Adolescence Is a Time for Vaccinations

Vaccines are sometimes a forgotten part of adolescent health. Many people think of vaccines as protection for babies and young children. Yet, specific vaccines as well as booster doses of some childhood vaccines are recommended during adolescence to continue protection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these vaccines include the following:

View a complete list of recommended vaccinations for children 7 years through 18 years of age here.

Encouraging New Experiences

Adolescents are often in new environments for the first time, trying new things and meeting new people. It is important to emphasize general safety guidelines without causing unnecessary fear. These may include:

It’s important for parents to help their adolescents understand how to be as healthy as possible. This includes getting vaccinated as recommended by their healthcare provider.

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References

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