Sonora, CA — The State of California has declared January 21st through the 27th as “Preteen Vaccine Week.”
Tuolumne County Public Health Officer Todd Stolp says two new vaccines are available that are recommended for children in their preteens.
The first is a meningococcal vaccine. This tetanus booster adds extra protection against pertussis, better known as whooping cough.
The second is a new human papillomavirus vaccine that is recommended for girls when they turn 11 or 12. Stolp says,This is a remarkable vaccine because it´s the first time we´ve had a vaccine to prevent cancer. It turns out that this vaccine covers four of the types of human papillomavirus that can cause cervical cancer.” He says it can be obtained all the way down to age 9 and up to age 26.
Stolp says both of the new vaccines are available locally.
Written by BJ Hansen