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Recommended Adolescent Immunizations

Immunizations are an important part of staying healthy. However, many people are unaware that shots are recommended throughout the lifespan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) develops annual immunization recommendations for individuals from childhood through adulthood. Please visit CDC's recommended immunization schedule for preteens and teens.

School Immunization Requirements

In order to continue to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases throughout adolescence, adolescents in West Virginia are now required to receive immunizations for school. All West Virginia students entering 7th grade must have had one dose of the Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) and one dose of the meningococcal vaccine. Students entering 12th grade must also have had at least one dose of the Tdap vaccine and a second dose of the meningococcal vaccine. If the first dose of the meningococcal vaccine was received after age 16, then only one dose of this vaccine is required. For more information about school immunization requirements, visit the WV Division of Immunization Services’ website.

Vaccines are one of the safest and most cost-effective preventive measures available and, as such, have saved countless lives. These new immunization requirements will not only lengthen the time for which immunized students are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, but will also continue to help protect individuals who cannot be immunized for medical reasons as well as keep outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases at bay.

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