PRETEENS AND TEENS NEED TO BE UPDATED ON THEIR IMMUNIZATIONSBy Leslie Terjesen on Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director Gerry P. Little, Liaison to the Ocean County Board of Health, exclaimed, “During the week of August 22nd, National Immunization Awareness Month focuses on ensuring preteens and teens are up-to-date in their immunizations. Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases:
- Quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and blood infections.
- HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV.
- Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis).
- A yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.
Daniel Regenye, Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) Public Health Coordinator, said, “Teens and young adults may also be vaccinated with a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine. Adolescents need vaccines because they are at increased risk for certain diseases like meningitis and cancer-causing HPV infections. It is important to get HPV vaccine before being exposed to HPV. Parents can send their preteens and teens to middle school and high school – and also off to college - protected from these vaccine-preventable diseases by ensuring their children are up to date on their vaccines.
Along with helping protect preteens and teens from certain diseases like the flu, being vaccinated also helps stop the spread of these diseases to others in their family, classroom and community.
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