Adolescent Immunizations: Adolescents 13-15 Years of Age
Adolescent immunizations are an important step to prevent illness and stay healthy. As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off; boosters are necessary to prolong protection. Older kids are at risk for diseases that could affect them throughout their lifetime. Health checkups and sports or camp physicals are good opportunities for adolescents to get the recommended vaccines. Vaccines protect not only the health of adolescents but also their friends, families and communities.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops written recommendations for the routine administration of vaccines, along with schedules regarding the appropriate timing, dosage, and contraindications. The recommended vaccines for 13-15 year olds can be found here.
More information about the Iowa Adolescent Immunization Program can be found here.