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Page 14 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 15 "This may alleviate some of your concerns and help to debunk some of the myths going around about vaccines," she says. "You can then make a more informed decision about your teen's vaccines." For more information on teens and vaccinations, log onto cdc. gov/vaccines/who/teens/in- dex.html; vaccineinformation. org; or click the immuniza- tion tab at Lisa Iannucci is a freelance writer who lives in Poughkeepsie and is a regular contributor to Hudson Valley Parent. Recommended for tweens & teens According to the CDC, pre- teens and teens need: • Tdap - One shot protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). • Meningococcal Vaccine - Two shots protect against diseas- es like meningitis (an infection of the fluid and lining around the brain and spinal cord) and septicemia (a bloodstream infec- tion) • HPV - Three shots of the hu- man papillomavirus vaccine help protect against HPV infection and cancers caused by certain strains of HPV (cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in girls and penile cancer in boys as well as anal cancer, throat cancer and genital warts in both sexes). • Flu Shot - The vaccine is recommended yearly to protect against seasonal influenza. • Catch-up Vaccines - Giv- en to those who weren't fully vaccinated as children, these might include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), hep B, polio, and chickenpox.

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