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Recommended for all kids ages
11 through 18.
The vaccine prevents most types of
HPV that cause cervical cancer in
women. It’s most effective when given
to girls ages 11 to 12 who are not
recommended for girls between ages
13 and 26 who never got the vaccine.
Some parents object to the vaccine,
thinking it’s associated with risky
behavior. Not so.
or whooping cough, is a highly
Older kids may be due for these
contagious respiratory infection,
vaccinations. Ask the doctor about:
Your kids were vaccinated against it
as toddlers, but they need a booster
Meningococcal disease is a
shot every io years,
severe bacterial infection. It’s not
IS IT? MUSA (pronounced “mursa”) or
is a superbug bacteria that is extremely
hard to kill with antibiotics, says Jeff Hageman, an epidemiologist
with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Left
untreated, serious infections such as pneumonia, and blood and
bone infections, are possible.
IS MY CHILD AT RISK? Student athletes, especially those in contact
sports such as football, basketball, wrestling, and rugby, run a
higher risk of getting an infection, which spreads through direct
skin contact or contact with shared items—towels, for example.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? Infection may appear as a small red
bump, often mistakenfor a spider bite, Other signs; swelling,
pain, fever, and red lines moving away from the initial bump.
HOWCAN IT BE PREVENTED? Urge frequent hand-washing before
and after playing sports. Showering immediately after exercise
also helps. Tell kids not to share bar soap, towels, or razors. I f
you suspect an infection, see your family doctor immediately.
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