Preteens/Teens


Flu 2021 Forecast: Do I Still Need a Flu Vaccine This Year Even If Last Season Was Mild?

Influenza (flu) can be serious for anyone, even healthy children and adults. Millions of people get sick with flu every year in the U.S., hundreds of thousands end up...


Immunocompromised? You Might Need Another Dose of COVID Vaccine

NOTE: A version of this content originally appeared in Vaccinate Your Family’s Immunization Alerts eNewsletter, sent out on Friday, August 13, 2021. Stay up to date on the latest...


How to Talk to Unvaccinated Friends and Family

Even if you’re fully vaccinated, it’s likely you know someone who is not. There are a lot of reasons why people might opt out of vaccines — from disinformation...


They’re unvaccinated. So is your immunocompromised child. What do you do? 

Not many people know more about how to approach talking to friends and family about being vaccinated than Riki. She’s a physician liaison for the liver team at Houston Methodist Hospital and a pro-vaccine advocate. But most importantly, she’s a heart mom.   Riki’s daughter,...


COVID Vaccines and Fertility: What the Research Says 

Are you concerned the COVID-19 vaccine may affect your fertility? There’s no evidence that any vaccine, including the COVID vaccine, leads to infertility. In fact, during the clinical trials,...


Do COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Myocarditis?

NOTE: This post was last updated on December 23, 2021. We will continue to update it as more information becomes available. In November 2021, the CDC’s advisory group (ACIP)...


Are Vaccines Made with Fetal Cells? The Vaccine Mom Explains.

In this video for the Shot of Prevention blog, Taryn (AKA “The Vaccine Mom”) — a molecular biologist and mom of two — tackles the question: Are vaccines made...


Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Shed?

You might have heard some rumors that COVID-19 vaccines cause people to shed the virus, mRNA, or spike proteins, putting unvaccinated people at risk. But do COVID vaccines actually...


Connecticut Ends Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions for Schools, Daycares

Connecticut has removed all non-medical vaccine exemptions for children in schools and daycares. The state legislature’s vote came after three years of debate and record-breaking hours of public testimony....


A Tribute to Nick Springer: Advocate, Athlete and Friend

You didn’t need to see his gold medal to know Nick Springer was a champion.  We knew him as a fierce advocate for immunization, but he was also a...