TODAY (8/7, Fox) reports that teens heading back to school need to have vaccines against bacterial meningitis, the human papillomavirus, and influenza. In addition, they should have “the combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine.” The Tdap vaccine is “an important booster, according to” former CDC Acting Director Anne Schuchat. TODAY reminds readers that under the Affordable Care Act, “all insurers, public and private,” are required “to pay for ACIP-recommended vaccines without a co-pay.” For children without insurance, “more than 40,000 clinics and pediatricians’ offices are enrolled in the Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines free of charge.”

In a related video segment, TODAY (8/7) hostess Savannah Guthrie spoke with pediatrician and American Academy of Pediatrics spokeswoman Alanna Levine, MD, who discussed “the four vaccines parents should make sure their kids get, including meningitis, HPV, the flu vaccine and more.”