Kalamaoo County

Health and Community Services Department


Immunization Requirements and Recommendations for 11 - 19-year-olds

Hepatitis B (Hep B) You need a series of 3 doses of hepatitis B vaccine if you have not already received them.
Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Check with your healthcare provider to make sure you've had two doses of MMR.
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) (Tdap, Td) You need a booster dose of Tdap at age 11 - 1 2 years. If you're older and already had a Td booster, you should get a Tdap shot to get the extra protection for pertussis. After that you will need a Td booster dose every ten years.
Polio If you haven't completed your series of polio vaccine doses and you are not yet 18, you should compete them now.
Varicella (Var) (chickenpox shot) If you have not been previously vaccinated and have not had chickenpox, you should get vaccinated against this disease. The vaccine is given as a 2-dose series. Any adolescent who was vaccinated as a child with only 1 dose will need a second dose now.
Hepatitis A (Hep A) Many teens need protection from hepatitis A. Do you travel outside the United States? (if so, other shots are likely needed) Do you live in a community with a high rate of hepatitis A? Are you a male who has sex with other males? Do you use illegal drugs? Do you have a clotting factor disorder or chronic liver disease? Or, do you just want to be protected against hepatitis A? Talk to your healthcare provider about this 2-dose series of shots.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) All adolescents should get a series of 2 or 3 doses, preferably at age 11-12 years, to prevent cervical cancer and genital warts. If you missed these shots and are 26 years old or younger, you should get vaccinated.
Influenza (Flu shot) Everyone 6 months of age and older, should get a flu vaccine every year. It is important for children with asthma, diabetes, or heart disease to get vaccinated to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
Pneumococcal disease (pneumococcal shot) Do you have a chronic health problem? Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you should receive a pneumococcal shot.
Meningococcal disease (meningitis shot) All adolescents should get a dose/shot at age 11-12 years and then at 16 years of age. Other individuals may need a meningitis shot based on a health condition, talk to your doctor to determine your risk.

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