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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.

On this page:
What vaccines do teens need?
How do I know which vaccines I have and haven't already received?
Where can I get vaccinated?
What about paying for vaccines?
Where can I get more information?
Why did I receive a postcard from MDH?

What vaccines do teens need?

  • 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.
  • Healthy Student Brochure
    This booklet, from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, includes information on vaccines young adults should receive before entering college. Attention: Non-MDH links

How do I know which vaccines I have received?

Where can I get vaccinated?

  • Your medical home – the place you regularly receive health care
  • A local public health agency
  • Check the HealthMap Vaccine Finder below

What about 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.

Where can I get more information?

  • Preteens and Teens Still Need Vaccines
    CDC reminds us that vaccines are important to preteens and teens! As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off and some vaccines work better when given during adolescence. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know
    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. Attention: Non-MDH link
  • Adolescent Immunization
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has collected information for families about vaccines for adolescents. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Shot By Shot: Stories of vaccine-preventable diseases
    Hear from people who have experienced vaccine-preventable diseases of adolescence. Attention: Non-MDH links
  • Illsville
    In this game from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, your goal is to control outbreaks of infectious disease by imposing quarantines, deploying doctors, and guessing which diseases are afflicting your town. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • Get Vaxed
    Videos on the consequences of ignoring vaccine recommendations. Attention: Non-MDH link

  • 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.

Why did I receive a postcard from MDH?

  • Teen Vaccine Postcard Questions
    In 2014, MDH sent out postcards to select MN families to remind them that preteens need vaccines. Find out more about the mailing here.


Updated Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 03:32PM