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Adolescent Immunization
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Are you 11-19 years old? If so, YOU need to be vaccinated against some serious diseases. Many people think that shots are only for babies. Actually, there are millions of people between the ages of 11-19 who are at risk of getting serious diseases like tetanus, meningitis, chickenpox, infections leading to cervical cancer and others.

Are you at risk? Protecting your health is a lifelong project. Getting immunized is an adult responsibility that teens can start practicing now.

Frequently Asked Questions (what shots teens need, when and why to get shots)


HPV Vaccination

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus that can lead to cancer on the cervix, vulva, anus, penis, mouth, and throat. Approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, and there are 14 million new cases each year. In Oregon, only one in three women and one in five men are receiving all three doses of the HPV vaccine. It is clear that Oregon and the U.S. will struggle to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% vaccination rate for all three doses. With vaccination rates climbing slowly and infection incidence climbing fast, it is important we provide all the facts about HPV vaccination to give our children the best possible chance to live a cancer-free life.


Adolescent Well-Visit Information

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View the Adolescent Immunization Schedule (7 - 18 years)
This schedule is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).


School Immunization Requirements for Teens

Shots are required by law for children in attendance at public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities, and Head Start programs in Oregon, unless a medical or nonmedical exemption is documented.

In school year 2014-2015, two doses of hepatitis A vaccine will be required for all grades. For more information, see Immunization Requirements for School.

College Immunization

Students need to show that they’ve been vaccinated against measles when enrolling in a college or university in Oregon as a full-time student (undergraduate and graduate). The Oregon college immunization law applies to any full time student born on or after January 1, 1957.

College Immunization Brochure (pdf)


Adolescent Immunization Rates

Adolescent rates are based on data drawn from the Oregon ALERT Immunization Information System (ALERT IIS). ALERT IIS is a statewide registry receiving immunization records from 89% of Oregon medical providers who give immunizations. Rates are presented for vaccines that protect against tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap), meningococcal disease (MCV), human papillomavirus (HPV) and influenza.


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