Vaccines for Teens
Preteens and teens are at risk for diseases that can be prevented by vaccines, like the Tdap, meningitis, HPV, and flu vaccines. This page contains information for adolescents and their parents about what vaccines preteens and teens need, where to find them, and other common questions.
Vaccines teens need
- Teens need shots, too! (PDF)
Chart showing vaccines needed for kids starting at 11-years-old and going through the teen years, until they are up-to-date.
- Are Your Kids Ready?
Most preteens and teens should receive the Tdap, meningococcal, HPV, and influenza vaccines. This simple chart shows when they should receive these vaccines and which vaccines are included in Minnesota's immunization requirements.
- You're 16...We recommend these vaccines for you! (PDF)
Fact sheet from the Immunization Action Coalition about the vaccines that 16 year-olds should get.
- Adolescent and Adult Vaccine Quiz, CDC
Take this quick quiz from CDC to find out which vaccines you might need.
Know which vaccines you have received
- MIIC Immunization Record Requests
Information on how to request your or your child's immunization record from the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC) and other tips for finding immunization records.
Where to get vaccinated
- Your medical home – the place you regularly receive health care
- Find a Local Health Department or Community Health Board
- Check the HealthMap Vaccine Finder below
Paying for vaccines
Can my child get free or low cost shots?
The Minnesota Vaccines for Children Program (MnVFC) offers free or low cost shots for some children under 19 years old. Use this form to see if your child is eligible.
- Diseases Prevented by Vaccines
Many deadly diseases can now be prevented through vaccines. Learn more about each disease or vaccine.
- Reliable Sources of Immunization Information
Continue your vaccine education with these trusted nonprofit and public partners.
- Vaccines for Your Children: Protect Your Child at Every Age
As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off and some vaccines work better when given during adolescence.
- Vaccines.gov: Infants, Children, & Teens
Here you'll find the recommended immunization schedule for children from birth to 18 year old.
- Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers an app for iOS and Android devices so you can get accurate vaccine information whenever and wherever you happen to be.
- HealthyChildren.org: Immunizations
This American Academy of Pediatrics website offers articles for families about vaccine needs throughout childhood and adolescence.
- ReadyVax by Emory University
This iOS app created by Emory University offers information on vaccines and the diseases they prevent, timely alerts and updates, answers to common vaccine questions, and links to vaccine authorities.
- Shot By Shot: Stories of vaccine-preventable diseases
Hear from people who have experienced vaccine-preventable diseases of adolescence.
Get Vaxed, PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases)
Videos on the consequences of ignoring vaccine recommendations.
MDH Adolescent Health Gateway
Vaccination is only one of the ways you can take care of yourself during adolescence. Many other health topics are covered here.