vax4teens - Vaccines for Adolescents - Minnesota Dept. of Health

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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?

What vaccines do 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. Updated 1/17
  • 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.

How do I know which vaccines I 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 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?

  • Preteen and Teen Vaccines, CDC
    As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off and some vaccines work better when given during 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.
Updated Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:48AM