Immunization in adolescents
Every visit at the adolescence provide an opportunity for the teenagers to update or complete their immunization schedule.
Vaccines that are recommended in adolescents include:
- Tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap)
The intramuscularly administrated inactivated Tdap vaccine is recommended at 11 through 12 years of age.
- Meningococcal vaccines (MCV4)
The intramuscularly administrated inactivated quadrivelent vaccines are scheduled at ages 11 through 12 years and 16 years.
It is not routinely scheduled or recommended for non – risk adolescents.
(To know more about meningococcal vaccines click – meningococcal vaccines)
- Human papillomavirus vaccination
Two doses of 9- valent HPV vaccine is given at an interval of six months at 11 through 12 years of age.
In an immunocompromised adolescent, three doses of HPV vaccine is recommeded within a period of six months.
(To know more about HPV click – human papillomavirus vaccination)
- Influenza vaccine
Annual vaccination pf influenza vaccine is recommended for all children and adolescents above 6 months of age.