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SB County urges updates to vaccinations
• Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine and booster shot
• Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) booster shot
• A second varicella (chickenpox) shot
• HPV (Human Papillomavirus ) — recommended for both girls and boys
• Seasonal flu shot
• Other immunizations may include hepatitis B, hepatitis A, MMR and polio if they have not been previously vaccinated
Source: San Bernardino County Department of Health
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is urging parents of adolescents to update their children's vaccinations, including the HPV vaccine, as a statewide effort to promote Preteen Vaccine Week through Saturday.
Preteens and adolescents are defined as being between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age, according to a news release, and most schools require proof of being immunized against whooping cough, also known as pertussis, before starting seventh grade.
Getting immunizations during the adolescent years is just as important as early childhood immunizations, the news release stated.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the vaccine against human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, be administered to both girls and boys between 11 and 12 years of age, as the vaccine is most effective before an individual becomes sexually active.
“Protecting your adolescent’s health and future can be as easy as immunizing against vaccine preventable diseases,” stated Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D., the county health officer, in the release. “In order to stay healthy as an adolescent and to meet school entry requirements, we encourage families of preteens and adolescents to schedule a visit with their medical provider and get the immunizations they need.”
For more information on low-cost vaccinations, call the Vaccines for Children program at (800) 722-4777 or visit www.sbcounty.gov/dph. For additional immunization information, visit www.shotsforschool.org.
Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.
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