The Fresno County Department of Public Health is reminding parents of immunizations for children 11-12 years of age during Preteen Vaccine Week.
Children in sixth grade will need proof of a pertussis vaccination before entering seventh grade, and health department officials say it’s also a good time for preteens to have a complete check-up.
The following vaccines are recommended for 11 and 12 year old children:
— Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) booster: California law requires students to show proof of the vaccination prior to entering seventh grade. Pertussis causes a severe cough (whooping cough) that can last weeks or months. Complications can include pneumonia and may result in hospitalization.
— Annual influenza (flu) vaccine: Flu can be mild to life threatening and causes the most school absenteeism.
— Meningococcal vaccine: The vaccine protects against types of bacterial meningitis infections, which can rapidly progress to meningitis, pneumonia, and even death.
— Human Papillomavirus (HPV): The HPV vaccine protects girls from developing cervical cancer and lesions. It has been approved for boys to reduce the chances of acquiring genital warts.
— Varicella (chickenpox): Most preteens have had one dose of varicella but a second dose is recommended to boost immunity. Chickenpox is a highly contagious.
For more information visit the health department’s web site or (559) 600-3550.