Ask your child’s school nurse or doctor about vaccination.
Questions for Your Health-care Provider
When you visit your child’s doctor or nurse, you could ask these questions to get the conversation started:
"Has my child been vaccinated against meningococcal disease?"
If YES, then ask:
- "When was my child vaccinated for meningococcal disease? Is that vaccination still effective?"
- "What else can I do to protect my child from meningococcal disease?"
If NO, then ask:
- "Why wasn’t my child vaccinated?"
- "Doesn’t the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend vaccination?"
- "Can my child get vaccinated now?"
- "According to state law, does my child have to get the meningococcal vaccination to attend high school, summer camp, or college?"
The Right Opportunity
Your child probably doesn’t go to the doctor as much as younger kids do. But you could always discuss it when your teen is at the doctor for...
- Routine well visits
- Visits regarding seasonal allergies
- Visits regarding acne management
- Sick visits for minor illnesses
- Annual back-to-school checkups
- Checkups before summer camp
- Pre-college checkups
- Sports physicals
Next: Talk to Your Child.