This post was sponsored by Unity Consortium as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
By this time, most of the items on your teen’s back to school list is (hopefully!) checked off, if they aren’t already back to school. But it’s possible that you may have forgotten something – your teen’s annual check up and vaccinations. Everyone knows that babies have a strict vaccination schedule, but you might not think about teen vaccinations! In fact, approximately 1 in 4 parents and teens believe that vaccines are more important for babies and not as important for teens. This is just not the case, which is is why I was excited to hear that UNITY Consortium is addressing this issue, with a goal of 8 out of 10 teenagers being fully vaccinated against preventable diseases. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to parenting – four in 10 parents (41%) believe their teen should only see a doctor when he/she feels sick, reducing opportunities to discuss preventive health measures, such as vaccines.
UNITY Consortium is an awesome organization whose aim to improve adolescent health through a focus on prevention and teenage immunization. The UNITY Consortium intends to drive or support efforts to protect adolescents against all vaccine-preventable diseases. If you visit their website, you can find all kinds of information about teen health and vaccinations, like this awesome infographic!
UNITY Consortium encourages parents to prioritize annual checkups, especially at 11-12 and 16, when vaccines are recommended. Recommended vaccinations include, Meningococcal-includes two distinct meningococcal disease vaccines (ACWY and B), Tdap-tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and Td Booster (tetanus and diphtheria), HPV-human papillomavirus, and flu.
I know that I am going to start calendering my teenager’s checkup visit to be before the start of school – it’s a perfect addition to our BTS to-do list that will help keep my teenager healthy, which is way more important than getting just the right pocket folders! I know that getting my daughter her checkup and immunizations is a really important part of her health and a great investment in her future! Pin this image to remind yourself and your friends with teens why it’s so important to take your teen for their vaccinations!
Tell us in the comments how you help protect your teen’s health!