Protect Your Preteen Today with Three Important Vaccines

  • All boys and girls need three adolescent vaccines at ages 11-12 to protect against serious diseases. Getting them at the same time ensures your child is protected. 

    Ø  Tdap vaccine: protects against three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).

    Ø  HPV vaccine: protects both girls and boys from future infections that can lead to certain types of cancer from human papillomavirus.

    For more information: See the CDC brochure (PDF)En español (PDF) | አማርኛ (PDF) |  بالعربية (PDF)  

    Ø  Meningococcal vaccine:  protects against a type of bacteria that can cause serious illnesses. These illnesses include infections of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis) and bloodstream.


    Are these vaccines safe?—These vaccines have been studied carefully and are very safe. They can cause mild side effects, like temporary soreness or redness in the part of the arm where the shot is given.

    Can I get help paying for them?—Most health insurance plans cover routine vaccinations. Uninsured, under-insured, and Medicaid-eligible adolescents can get vaccinated through the Vaccines for Children program.

    Call the Alexandria Health Department for an appointment at 703.746.4788
    Teen Wellness Center - 3300 King Street, on the campus of T. C. Williams High School. Call 703-746-4776 for an appointment or text "APPT" to 571-329-2245.