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What preteens can do to stay healthy. [YOUR NAME AND HERE]. Visit a Doctor. Why do I need to visit a doctor? . 11-and 12-year-olds need to visit a doctor because…. Your body is changing, and this is your opportunity to ask doctors all sorts of questions

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Visit a Doctor

Why do I need to visit a doctor?

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11-and 12-year-olds need to visit a doctor because….

  • Your body is changing, and this is your opportunity to ask doctors all sorts of questions

  • Learn about eating right, staying active and ways to protect your body, like getting shots (vaccines)

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What are vaccines?

  • Vaccines are a type of medicine that help you build protection (immunity) against some diseases

  • Before vaccines, many people would get diseases that we rarely see today (e.g. measles and polio) and sometimes even die

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How do vaccines work?

  • A weakened or dead form of the disease germ is injected into the body (but does NOT make you sick)

  • The body makes “antibodies” to fight these “invaders”

  • If the actual disease germs ever attack, the “antibodies” are still there to destroy them!


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Why do I need to get vaccinated?

  • There are shots that are especially recommended for 11-and 12-year-olds

  • If everyone is protected, the germs that cause disease can’t spread from person to person. This is called “herd immunity”

  • Getting shots protects you, your family, and friends

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Ouch! Don’t shots hurt?

  • Not as much as getting the disease!

  • Things to do to relax during your shots:

    • Have someone keep you company

    • Take a slow deep breath

    • Focus on something fun

    • Listen to music

    • Imagine doing your favorite activity

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  • Chickenpox is also called varicella

  • Anyone can get it!

  • But, it can be very dangerous for preteens, teens and adults

    True or False: You can get chickenpox from a chicken

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Human papillomavirus (HPV)

  • This vaccine is NOT only for girls! Boys can get it too

  • Anyone between 9 and 26 years of age can get the vaccine, but it is especially important for 11-and 12-year olds

  • This vaccine can help prevent cervical cancer in girls (a cancer in the reproductive system) and other cancers in men and women later on in life

  • It’s very important to get this vaccine, because HPV is a very common disease

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  • Anyone can catch this disease!

  • This disease can be spread by sharing saliva (e.g. sharing drinks or kissing). It can also be spread through the air when people sneeze or cough

  • Some people who catch this disease lose their limbs—arms, fingers and legs may be amputated (cut off). Others become deaf, have brain damage, and some even die

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Whooping Cough

  • Whooping cough is a disease that can make you cough so hard it breaks your ribs! You can be sick for weeks or even months!

  • In 2010 the whooping cough epidemic got thousands sick and babies died in CA

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  • Did you know?!? For the 2011-2012 school year, all 7th-12th graders will need proof of a whooping cough shot before starting school

  • For future school years only 7th graders will need the shot for school

  • Ask your parents to visit shotsforschool.org to learn more

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  • ‘Tdap’ is a shot that protects against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (AKA pertussis)

  • Tetanus is caused by a bacteria that can enter your body through a small cut in the skin. It cannot be spread from person to person

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  • Did you know that the regular flu kills around 36,000 people every year, making it one of the top 10 killers in the U.S.?!?

  • Everyone over 6 months of age (this includes YOU!) should get a flu vaccine to protect themselves, their family and friends against flu

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Where can I get these shots?

  • Visit your doctor

  • Tell your parents that you may be able to get FREE shots through the Vaccines for Children Program

  • If you don’t have health insurance, visit your local health department at [ more info here]or call them at[ enter phone # here]

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Spread the word, not the germs!

  • See your doctor for a ‘well’ visit at least once per year

  • Get any recommended shots

  • Take information home

  • Participate in Preteen Vaccine Week by [ more info here]