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The natural changes your teen goes through during adolescence can be hard for both you and your teen. Your love, understanding, and guidance can help your teen make good decisions.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
The influenza (flu) vaccine is recommended once a year for all people age 6 months and older. Talk to your doctor if your teen did not yet get the vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV), meningococcal disease, and tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
Most teens are learning to think in more complex ways. They start to think about the future results of their actions.
It's normal for teens to focus a lot on how they look, talk, or view politics. This is a way for teens to help define who they are.
Friendships are very important in the early teen years.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: December 12, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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