Ages 13–18 Years: Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for girls in this age group:


What and Why


Diphtheria and reduced tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine booster (Tdap) or tetanus-diphtheria booster (Td)

A shot to immunize against the diseases tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis

Tdap once between the ages of 11 years and 18 years if you have not received Tdap, followed by Td booster shot every 10 years

Hepatitis B vaccine

A series of shots to immunize against the disease hepatitis B

One series if not previously immunized

Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

A series of three shots to immunize against certain types of HPV

One series if not previously immunized, ages 9–26 years

Influenza vaccine

A shot to help prevent influenza (the flu)


Measles–mumps­–rubella vaccine

A shot to immunize against measles, mumps, and rubella

If not previously immunized

Meningococcal vaccine

A shot to immunize against meningococcal disease

One dose if not previously immunized; if you received your first dose at age 13–15 years, you should get another dose at age 16–18 years

Varicella vaccine

A series of two shots to help prevent chickenpox

One series if not previously immunized or never had chicken pox

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