Teens Need Immunizations, Too

April 17, 2017 10:58 am Published by

Your kids will grow, but they won’t outgrow the need for certain childhood immunizations. Some shots, in fact, are not even given until adolescence. “When we talk about immunizations, many parents think of the shots their babies receive beginning around the age of eight weeks or so,” said Dr. Michael Irwin, an adolescent medicine physician at Providence Medical Group – Snow Road. “But some vaccinations, including HPV, TDAP and meningococcal, are not administered until the child is 11 or 12 years old. The meningococcal vaccine, which prevents meningitis, requires a second dose at age 16.”

These immunizations are just as important as those given in younger children because they, too, prevent diseases that can be deadly, including tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. The HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer in women and helps protect a man’s partner. It is most effective when given during adolescent when the body’s immune system more readily absorbs it.

Call Dr. Irwin at 251-660-3500 or visit www.providencemedical.org for more information.