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Common Immunizations for Kids and Teens

Common Immunizations for Kids and Teens

Summer means vacations and travel, long days lounging by the pool, and cool evenings watching fireworks and the stars. It’s also a great time to bring your child to Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours for their back-to-school physical and to get caught up with any immunizations they need.

Our board-certified providers offer specialized pediatric care for children and teens at our Layton, Utah, office. One of the best things you can do for your child’s long-term health is make sure they’re up-to-date with their vaccines and booster shots. 

Immunizations help prevent many illnesses, and they can help stop the spread of contagious diseases. Some of these health-promoting shots are administered following specific age guidelines, while others are given yearly or based on when your child received their last vaccination. 

We know keeping track of all the immunizations your child or teen needs isn’t always easy. If you have any questions, contact our office for personalized information. In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the most common vaccines and boosters for kids and teens.

Why does my child or teen need immunizations? 

Immunizations, or vaccinations, play an important role in protecting your child from many diseases. Your baby generally gets their first preventive health vaccine as an infant in the hospital, and your child continues to receive important immunizations at their well visits.

Not keeping your child up-to-date with their immunizations could cause some illnesses we had under control to make a comeback, which threatens the health of everyone. For example, recent research shows that over 117 million children may not receive the measles vaccine in time to prevent a new measles outbreak. 

Newer immunizations are important, too. For example, the vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) works to prevent infections that cause cancer. And the COVID-19 vaccine for children and teens helps stop the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. 

At Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours, your child’s provider reviews their medical history so we can administer the right immunizations at the right time. If you’re not sure whether your child or teen has received certain vaccines, we can often order a blood test to determine their status. 

What immunizations does my child or teen need?

Children receive immunizations after birth and continue to receive them until they reach adulthood (age 18). The CDC has a recommended schedule for children ages 0-18 for the most common vaccinations and boosters, which include: 

Keep in mind that if your child travels with you outside the US, they may need additional vaccinations. If you have a teen, it’s also important to talk to them about lifelong vaccinations and boosters. 

Unfortunately, only about 1 in 5 American adults stays current with their immunizations. Your Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours provider can talk to your older teen about staying on track, but for your reference, keep these common adult vaccines in mind:

Don’t forget your child or teen’s flu shot! 

Although annual immunization against influenza is recommended by the CDC for all people ages 6 months and older, many people don’t schedule their child for this important shot. 

The influenza virus changes over time. That means that the flu shot your child got last year won’t protect them against this year’s influenza. By making sure your child or teen gets their flu shot, you’re all doing your part to slow the spread of this contagious disease. 

It’s important to note that it takes about 2 weeks for your body to produce enough influenza antibodies to keep your child protected after they get the flu shot, so don’t wait until the heart of flu season to schedule their vaccination.

Get your child on track for the new school year with updated immunizations by scheduling an appointment over the phone or messaging the team at Wasatch Peak Family Practice & Oceans Contours in Layton, Utah.

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