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Immunizations for Pre-Teens

The following information is from the Pleasanton Unified District Nurses:

Information on immunizations for pre-teens

Families are encouraged to take time this summer to schedule a doctor visit for your pre-teen student and get your child immunized. The following vaccines are recommended by CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Although they are not required for school entry, they will add protection to your child’s health.

Meningococcal vaccine: All 11- and 12-year-olds should receive the vaccine for protection against meningitis and its complications.

Tdap vaccine: This is a booster for tetanus and diphtheria and offers protection against pertussis or “whooping cough.” “Whooping cough” is on the rise in the recent years, especially in Bay Area. Most children receive their last dose at age 5; however, this dose does not offer life-long protection.

Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine: It is recommended that all 11- and 12-year-old girls receive the HPV vaccine which protects against the most common types of cervical cancer.

Consider getting these immunizations, and give your child a healthy start in the fall!If you need to find a vaccine clinic in Alameda County, please visit the Alameda County Public Health Department at or call the Alameda County Immunization Assistance Project number at (510) 267-3230. For more information on vaccines and immunizations, consult your health care provider or refer to CDC’s website at