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National Preteen Vaccine Week is March 4-8, 2024

(Placerville, CA) – In an effort to promote the health and well-being of local preteens, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is joining with the California Department of Public Health in recognizing March 4-8, 2024, as "Preteen Vaccine Week." Together, they are urging parents and guardians to ensure that their preteens receive recommended vaccines.

El Dorado County Health Officer, Dr. Matthew Minson, emphasized the importance of vaccinations, stating, "Vaccines help keep our community healthy and protected from disease. For preteens, the Tdap, HPV, and meningococcal vaccines are important to prevent serious diseases, and we strongly encourage parents to schedule an appointment with a health care provider to ensure their preteens are current with their scheduled vaccinations." 

The Tdap vaccine helps protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Whooping cough can be particularly severe in adolescents, making it crucial for preteens to receive this booster shot. 

The HPV vaccine is essential in preventing certain types of cancer later in life, and two doses are recommended for both boys and girls starting at age 9. The HPV vaccine has been shown to be a powerful tool in cancer prevention by protecting against a virus that can lead to cervical, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers. By getting children vaccinated, they are protected from some cancers in their future. 

The meningococcal vaccine is crucial in preventing potentially deadly meningitis, which can strike preteens and young adults. This vaccine is recommended for 11-to-12-year-olds, with a booster dose at age 16. 

Incoming 7th graders must provide proof of having received the whooping cough shot and two doses of chickenpox vaccine before starting school.

For more information about preteen vaccines, including clinic locations and resources, please visit or contact the El Dorado County Public Health Division at (530) 621-6100 on the West Slope of the County or (530) 573-3155 in the South Lake Tahoe area. 

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