preteen

					What preteens can do to stay healthy
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Visit a Doctor

Why do I need to visit a doctor?

11-and 12-year-olds need to visit a doctor because….
body is changing, and this is your opportunity to ask doctors all sorts of questions  Learn about eating right, staying active and ways to protect your body, like getting shots (vaccines)
 Your

What are vaccines?
are a type of medicine that help you build protection (immunity) against some diseases  Before vaccines, children would get diseases that we rarely see today (e.g. measles and polio) and sometimes even die
 Vaccines

How do vaccines work?
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A weakened or dead form of the disease germ is injected into the body (but does NOT make you sick)

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The body makes “antibodies” to fight these “invaders”  If the actual disease NO! NOT germs ever attack, AGAIN! the “antibodies” are still there to destroy them!

Why do I need to get vaccinated?
are shots that are newly recommended for 11-and 12-year-olds  If everyone is protected, the germs that cause disease can‟t spread from person to person. This is called “herd immunity”  Getting shots protects you, your family, and friends
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Ouch! Don‟t shots hurt?
as much as getting the disease!  Things to do to relax during your shots:
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Have someone keep you company Take a slow deep breath Focus on something fun Listen to music Imagine doing your favorite activity

What are some diseases that vaccines protect against?

Chickenpox
is also called varicella  Anyone can get it!  But, it can be very dangerous for preteens, teens and adults True or False: You can get chickenpox from a chicken
 Chickenpox

Human papillomavirus (HPV)
The vaccine against HPV is for girls only  Girls ages 9-26 can get it, but it is especially important for 11-and 12-year olds  This vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer (a cancer in the reproductive system) later on in life  It‟s very important that girls get this vaccine, because HPV is a very common disease
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Meningococcal
Anyone can catch this disease!  This disease can be spread by sharing saliva (e.g. sharing drinks or kissing). It can also be spread through the air when people sneeze or cough  Some people who catch this disease lose their limbs—arms, fingers and legs may be amputated (cut off). Others become deaf, have brain damage, and some even die
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Tetanus
Tdap, the shot that protects against tetanus, also protects against diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough)  Tetanus is caused by a bacteria that can enter your body through a small cut in the skin. It cannot be spread from person to person  Whooping cough is the common name for pertussis—a disease that can make you cough so hard it breaks your ribs! You may have a hard time drinking or swallowing food. You can be sick for weeks or even months!
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Flu
Did you know that the regular flu kills around 36,000 people every year, making it one of the top 10 killers in the U.S.?!?  H1N1 flu (AKA swine flu) is going to worsen the flu season and many more may get sick  Young people (this means YOU!) are at high risk for catching H1N1 flu  This flu season you need two flu vaccines: -regular seasonal flu vaccine - 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine
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To help stop the spread of flu you can also….

Where can I get these shots?
your doctor  Tell your parents that you may be able to get FREE shots through the
 Visit

Vaccines for Children Program

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you don’t have a doctor, visit your local health department at [ more info here] or call them at [ enter phone # here]

Spread the word, not the germs!
your doctor for a „well‟ visit at least once per year  Get any recommended shots  Take information home  Participate in Preteen Vaccine Week by [ more info here]
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Thank you for your time!


				
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