What preteens can do to stay healthy

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?

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


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
 There

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?

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

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

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!

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

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

 If

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]
 See

Thank you for your time!

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