Recommended Vaccinations That School Age Children Should Have

IT'S ALMOST that time again. Soon your student will be headed back to school. Make sure they have all the required vaccinations before they are late to class! Below are recommended vaccinations that school age children should have upon school entry.

Talk to your child’s health care provider to find out if they need any additional vaccines.


Tdap Vaccine – Recommended for 11 or 12 protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.


MCV4 Vaccine - Protects against 4 strains of the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. Recommended age is 11 or12, booster given between 16 and 18.


HPV Vaccine –Given in 3 doses. Recommended for all 11 or 12 year olds, both girls and boys - protects against HPV-related disease. Full vaccine series gives best protection.


Influenza – (Flu shot) Recommended yearly for anyone 6 months of age and older, including preteens and teens. Children under the age of 9 may require more than one dose.


Pneumococcal Vaccine 13 – Recommended for some children 6 through 18 years old with certain medical conditions that place them at high risk.


Hepatitis A & B Vaccine Series - Recommended that your child get 2 doses of the Hepatitis A shot and 3 doses of the Hepatitis B shot for best protection. Most states require these series of shots for school entry.


Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) Series – An infectious disease caused by a virus that lives in the throat and intestinal tract. Once the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Children. Vaccination is with four doses of IPV.


Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Vaccine Series – A two-dose vaccine schedule for measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccines for children; the first dose at age 12-15 months and the second at age 4-6 years, up to 12 years.


Varicella Vaccine Series – Helps ward off the dreaded Chickenpox, Recommended for all children under age 13 who have not had chickenpox. Also, recommended for all adolescents and adults who have not been vaccinated and have not had chickenpox.


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