Which vaccinations are for adolescents in South Africa?

Which vaccinations are for adolescents in South Africa? | You may have been vaccinated as a baby, but teenagers also have special vaccinations that are available just for them. Here are a few:

- Human Papillomavirus (HPV) helps to protect you from cancer of the cervix (connects the uterus and the vagina). The Department of Health in South Africa has been giving this HPV vaccine to all girls currently in grade 4 as part of the school health programme and guess what, it's free. Read more about HPV, here.

- Hepatitis A and B causes infection of the liver and can lead to long-term and life-threatening problems. Hepatitis A is very contagious; you can get it by having close contact with someone who has it, or through infected food or water. While Hepatitis B can be caught through contact with bodily fluids, like blood and semen from someone infected with Hepatitis B.

- Tetanus can also make you sick. It is caused by germs found in soil, rust, and manure. The germ enters the body through a cut, or sore on the skin. When people are infected, the bacteria makes a poison that causes your muscles to become tight, this can be very painful.

- Influenza (flu) can make anyone sick no matter what age you are, it is spread through someone sneezing or coughing on you.

- Chicken Pox is passed to others by sneezing, coughing, or touching sores on the skin.

Visit your nearest health clinic and find out which vaccines are available for you.

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B-Wise User Anonymous 5 June 2020 22:36

Hy doc if I don't take my child to get vaccinated as child age2 wt a de chances of her getting sick cz am scared to take her to clinic bcoz of covid19?

B-Wise Expert Expert 7 June 2020 15:46


You need to take the child for the vaccine. All clinics are keeping people safe from Covid. Make sure you keep social distance from other people and make sure the child has a mask. 

B-Wise User Anonymous 16 May 2020 18:29

Hi How come before a vaccine you feel scared when you see the needle. I am 10 and I cried before being touched. How can I deal with my fear of needles.

B-Wise Expert Expert 18 May 2020 11:17


Being scared of needles is normal.

You must look away every time you get an injection and go with someone whose hand you can hold.

B-Wise User Tsholo22 3 January 2019 21:44

Hey I'm curious to find out nurses usually come to primary schools for vaccinations, is hepatitis part of them? German meseals too

B-Wise Expert Expert 9 January 2019 06:22

Dear Tsholo22. We don’t think people are currently vaccinated against hep b (hepatitis) and I don’t think rubella (German measles) is included in the government programme, although it is available privately. HPV (human papilloma virus) is provided to 9 years in schools.