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SEATTLE, Wash. -

It is already back to school time, and as students and parents prepare, pediatricians say it is important to make sure each student is up to date on his or her vaccines.  

Pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson recommends the following vaccines for students:

Elementary School Shots:

  • Kindergarten shots: DTaP, IPV, MMR, Varicella
  • Catch-up shots: Hep A, seasonal flu shots

Teen Shots Recommend at age 11:

  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis)
  • MCV4 (meningitis)
  • HPV (human papillomavirus)

College Age:

  • Seasonal flu
  • Meningitis B strain
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  • HPV reminder

HPV Stats:

  • Roughly 4/10 girls and 6/10 boys haven’t started the HPV vaccine series

What Parents Need To Know:

  • Check your child’s vaccine schedule 
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  • HPV, Tdap, and MCV4 are all recommended at age 11
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