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Recommended Vaccines for Teens

There are four recommended vaccinations for preteens and teens: Tdap, HPV, meningococcal and influenza. Doctors recommend that girls and boys get the HPV shots at age 11 or 12. Two doses of HPV vaccine are recommended before your 15th birthday. The HPV shots protect people from serious diseases, like cancer. If the HPV vaccine is not covered by your insurance, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is available to help. Call 1-866-674-4807 for more information.

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month - January

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Check out Ten Ways You Can Help End Human Trafficking. Contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline if you have any concerns about a potential trafficking situation. Call 1-888-373-7888, text HELP to BEFREE (233733), or email

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month - February

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. If you are a teenager involved in a romantic relationship, it is important to understand the behaviors that may point to an unhealthy and/or abusive relationship. Recognize these red flags and get help.

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) - March 30 - April 5, 2020

NDAFW is a national health observance linking teens to science based facts to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs. Get the latest on how drugs affect the brain and body. NIDA features videos, games, blog posts, and more!

Teen Health Week - April 6-12, 2020

Visit the PennState Pro Wellness for information on violence prevention, preventative care, health diet and exercise, mental health, sexual development and health, substance use and abuse, and oral health.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month - May

Did you know? There were 20.3 teen births for every 1000 females ages 15-19 in 2016. Read more facts and the 7 Principles of Smart Relationships from our Be You. Be 3: Smart, Strong and Safe Campaign. See also: Teen Pregnancy Prevention.

Teen Drug Use Is Down—But Teen Overdoses Are Up

More teens in the United States are overdosing on drugs than ever before—and more of them are dying as a result. Read more on the opioid heroin and synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Page last updated: January 3, 2020