National Immunization Awareness Month, week four: Making the most of adolescence

By Perdita Henry

The Texas Department of State Health Services is wrapping up the final week of National Immunization Awareness Month by focusing on pre-teens and teens. Once your young patients reach the age of 11, it’s recommended that they receive Tdap, HPV, meningococcal vaccines and catch up on any immunizations they may have missed. ImmTrac is a convenient tool that allows parents to keep track of vaccination schedules as their children age. Also many of your pre-teen and teen patients may be eligible to participate in the Texas Vaccines for Children Program, which provides low-cost vaccines for children from birth through age 18.

If you are looking for additional support in the vaccination conversation with caretakers, visit There you will find the Love Them & Protect Them ImmTrac brochure, the childhood immunization schedule, the Halt HPV brochure, and much more.

Just because National Immunization Awareness Month is coming to an end doesn’t mean these resources will no longer be available to you. DSHS is dedicated to keeping you up to date with the latest information on vaccinations and resources year-round.

For more information about ImmTrac, the Texas Vaccines for Children Program,, or other immunization tools, visit the DSHS National Immunization Awareness Month website.

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