Pre-teens, Teens and Vaccinations
Any visit to the doctor - from an annual health check-up to a physical for sports, camp or college - can be a good time for pre-teens and teens to get their recommended vaccinations. There are four vaccinations recommended for pre-teens and teens - these vaccines help protect your children, their friends and their family members. While your kids should get a flu vaccine every year, Tdap, Meningococcal and HPV vaccines should be given when kids are 11-12 years old. Ask your child's doctor or nurse about the immunizations your pre-teen or teen need to protect them against serious diseases.
Your child and physical activity
- Children and teens should have at least ONE HOUR of physical activity every day
- Reduce sedentary time
- Limit and monitor the amount of screen time each day
- Exercise as a family
Help your child develop healthy eating habits:
- Be sure they don't skip breakfast
- Eliminate ALL soft drinks and encourage more water
- Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits and whole grains
- Choose lean meats, poultry, fish or beans
- Serve reasonably-sized portions - over the years portion have increased tremendously
- Include low-fat or non-fat milk
- Limit sugar and saturated fat
- Quit the "clean-plate" club - you could be causing them to overeat
Children imitate adults - Be a role model for them!
Did you know that approximately 17% or 12.5 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 are obese?
Obese children are more likely to have:
- High blood pressure and high cholesterol
- Increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea and asthma
- Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort
- Fatty liver disease, gallstones, and gastro-esophageal reflux
Obese children and adolescents have a greater risk of social and psychological problems, such as discrimination and poor self-esteem, which can continue into adulthood.
If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe.