Protect and Connect
As a parent, what you say matters to your teen or young adult. From staying up-to-date on vaccinations to preparing your adolescent for conversations with his or her healthcare provider, you can help protect your child by influencing important health decisions and behaviors.
This factsheet provides tips on communicating with your teen, and how you can guide your child to make important health decisions and behaviors. Talk with your child’s healthcare provider to learn more about CDC-recommended vaccines for adolescents and young adults and find out if your child is up-to-date on recommended immunizations.
These UNITY resources are designed to educate parents and teens about the vaccines specifically recommended for 16 year olds (MenACWY, MenB, and seasonal flu):
- Prioritizing Adolescents: Vaccinate at Ages 11-12 & 16
Charles Irwin, MD, Director of the Division of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine at the University of California (UCSF) School of Medicine
Paul Offit, MD, Member, Division of Infectious Diseases, and Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- Protection from Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Featuring Judy Klein, President, Unity Consortium
- 2 Minute Video: Protecting your child against vaccine-preventable diseases. The importance of the 16-year old healthcare provider visit
VAX@16 Parent Posters
VAX@16 Teen Posters
- Protect Yourself(ie) (English)
- Protect Yourself(ie) (Spanish)
- Protection is a Snap (English)
- Protection is a Snap (Spanish)
The THRIVE (Teen/Young Adult Health Resources, Information & Vaccine Education) App was developed by the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) and supported by Pfizer, Inc. and Unity Consortium, to provide parents of teens and young adults with a mobile, interactive resource for managing teen health. The app is available on iOS and Android devices and includes guided health information, supportive tips, and conversation starters to help parents answer tough questions and prepare their teens and young adults to take ownership of their health.