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Preteen Vaccine Week

 

Last updated 2/7/2016 at 10:05am



February 7-13 is Preteen Vaccine Week and the County Health and Human Services Agency is encouraging parents to get their adolescent children vaccinated.

There are approximately 300,000 adolescents in San Diego County, half of which lack some or all the recommended vaccines.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adolescents get five vaccines: meningococcal disease, human papillomavirus (HPV), whooping cough, chickenpox and influenza.

“A large number of unvaccinated students increases the risk of contracting a dangerous disease,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “Parents should make sure their children are up-to-date with immunizations to protect them from getting sick.”

The vaccines are available at physician offices, community clinics, and many retail pharmacies. People without medical insurance can get vaccinated at one of the seven County Public Health Centers.

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