2013 News Releases

Department of Behavioral & Community Health

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August 8, 2013        Print version

Teens and Pre-teens: Protect Them Against Serious Diseases!
Dutchess County Department of Health reminds everyone we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

Leaving their phone at a friend’s house, suddenly needing a ride somewhere, juggling schedules, remembering appointments, having a teenager can make life pretty hectic.  Dutchess County Department of Health reminds parents the most important appointment they can make is one to their healthcare provider to ensure their children’s immunizations are up-to-date.

“As they get older, kids are at increased risk for some infections,” said Acting Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “Plus the protection provided by some of the childhood vaccines begins to wear off, so kids need a booster dose. With recent pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks, vaccine-preventable diseases are still real and these vaccines can help protect your kids, as well as their friends, community and other family members.”

Dutchess County Department of Health has additional resources available for what vaccines are needed online at bit.ly/NIAM2013. The four recommended vaccines for pre-teens and teens are:

HPV vaccine for both boys and girls, which protects against the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer. HPV can cause cancers of the cervix, vulva and vagina in women and cancers of the penis in men. In both women and men, HPV also causes mouth/throat cancer, anal cancer and genital warts.

Tdap vaccine, which is a booster against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis, or whooping cough, can keep kids out of school and activities for weeks. It can also be spread to babies, which can be very dangerous and sometimes deadly.

Meningococcal vaccine, which protects against meningococcal disease. Meningococcal disease is caused by bacteria and is a leading cause of bacterial meningitis, a serious infection around the brain and spinal cord.

Influenza (flu) vaccine, because even healthy kids can get the flu, and it can be serious. All kids, including your pre-teens and teens, should get the flu vaccine every year.

Talk with a doctor, nurse, or clinic about the vaccines for pre-teens and teens. Even though they may not realize it, your kids still need you for more than a ride somewhere. They need you to continue protecting their health by getting them these important and life-saving vaccines.

Dutchess County Department of Health offers screening and immunization clinics for the uninsured and underinsured as well as referral services for individuals without a regular healthcare provider.  For more information, call (845) 486-3409 or Clinics@dutchessny.gov.




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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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