Immunizations (shots)

You might think only infants and toddlers need immunizations (shots). But adolescents and teens need shots, too. Even adults need to get certain immunizations. Shots protect us from diseases that can cause severe problems.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) off-site link*recommends the following immunization schedules for teens and adolescents:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following immunization schedule for adults:

*The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) policy statement published in the February 2012 Pediatrics (published online Feb. 1), includes updated schedules for children ages 0-6, ages 7-18 and a catch-up schedule for children with late or incomplete immunizations. The schedule reflects current recommendations for use of FDA-licensed vaccines, and has been approved by the AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Will immunizations make me sick?

Some shots can cause soreness where the shot was given or a fever, but most reactions to shots are mild. The risk of a bad reaction to a shot is small compared to the risk of getting the disease the shot prevents. Talk to your doctor about the immunizations adolescents and teens need.

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