Much controversy has existed over the safety of vaccines during the past 10 years. Despite no scientific evidence to support such concerns the debate continues. Please refer to our vaccines policy page for more information on our interpretation of the current scientific evidence regarding vaccine safety and helpful links to clarify the misinformation that exists.
Over the past 5 years there has been several new vaccines and new vaccine recommendations introduced for teenagers. Due to an increase in the cases of the whooping cough among teenagers and young adults, a booster shot (Tdap) that combines a tetnus booster and a whooping cough booster is now recommended for children 11-12 years old.
There is also a vaccine to protect against a form of bacterial meningitis called Meningococcal meningitis. In the past a vaccine for this illness was given to young adults when they went to college or joined the military. Now there is a more effective vaccine and the age of immunization has been reduced to the 11 to 12 year old range.
Finally, there is now a vaccine designed to help prevent cervical cancer in women. The vaccine targets a specific virus (Human Papilloma Virus) that is associated with the development of cervical cancer. This vaccine is also recommended for girls 11-12 years old.
If your child is in the 11-12 year old range or older and has not yet received these vaccines, call us for a well check appointment.
More information about the childhood immunization schedule can be found on our immunization schedule page.