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Description:This 2006 image depicted an adolescent female in the process of receiving an intramuscular immunization in her left shoulder muscle, from a qualified nurse. The girl was assisting in the procedure by holding up her sleeve, while watching as the injection was administered. The nurse was using her free hand to stabilize the injection site.
Why Do Pre-teens and Adolescents Need Immunizations?

CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that pre-teens get several vaccines at their 11 or 12 year old check-up.

- Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)

- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)

- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, for girls

These vaccines prevent serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. Immunity from some childhood vaccines can decrease over time, so people need to get another dose of the vaccine during their pre-teen years. Also, as children move into adolescence, they are at greater risk of catching certain diseases, like meningitis and HPV. If your child did not get these vaccines at age 11 or 12, schedule an appointment to get them now.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Judy Schmidt
Creation Date:2006
Photo Credit:James Gathany
Links:CDC – Nat. Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; Vaccines and Immunizations
CDC – National Immunization Program (NIP); Immunization Schedules
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