Parents Urged to Protect Preteens with Vaccines

Parents Urged to Protect Preteens with Three Recommended Vaccines

 

Glenn County, CA. – To help protect adolescents against dangerous diseases, the Glenn County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Public Health is joining with the California Department of Public Health in recognizing February 11th – 17th as Preteen Vaccine Week.

“Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccinations, people can protect themselves, their families, and their communities from life-threatening illnesses,” said Dr. James Corona, Glenn County Health Officer.

Preteens need vaccines against whooping cough (Tdap), meningitis (MenACWY), and HPV when they are 11-12 years old. Incoming 7th graders must also provide proof of having received the whooping cough shot before starting school. A booster dose of MenACWY is recommended when teens are 16 years old. In addition, flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months or older – not just preteens and teens.

Dr. James Corona reminds parents, “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to ask your doctor about the three vaccines recommended for your child at their preteen visit, plus a flu shot every year.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, all new health plans are required to cover the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended vaccines at all ages without charging a deductible or copayment. If a child does not have such coverage, contact your health care provider or Glenn County HHSA Public Health for information about the Vaccines for Children Program (VFC), which provides no- or low-cost vaccines.

For more information, please visit www.ShotsForSchool.org or www.GetImmunizedCA.org. You may also contact the Glenn County HHSA Public Health at (530)934-6588 or 1-800-655-5418, visit our website: www.countyofglenn.net  and select Public Health from the department list, or access us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GlennCountyPublicHealth/

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