Recommendations for Immunizations

Vaccine Recommendations: What this vaccine is used for?
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine  (Tdap) Adults 19 through 64 years of age should substitute Tdap for one booster dose of Td. Td should be used for later booster doses. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases.

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds.
MMR Measles, Mumps, Rubella Two doses are recommended.  First dose is usually given at 12-15 months old, second is given at 4-6 years old.  Some adults require a booster at times. This vaccine helps protects you from Measles, Mumps, and Rubella which are all very serious diseases.
Varicella
(chicken pox)
(not available at SHC)
Single dose of the vaccine is usually given between the ages of 12 and 18 months of age.  For people who have not received the vaccine by the age of 13 require a two dose vaccine. This vaccine is effective against chickenpox (also called Varicella). Chickenpox is usually mild but can be serious in adults.
Hepatitis A A two dose series is recommended for persons at increased risk, or students traveling internationally. This vaccine protects you form a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus.
Hepatitis B A three dose series is recommended for persons at increased risk. Required for students entering health care fields. This vaccine provides protection against the Hepatitis A virus witch can cause a variety of short and long term illnesses.
Meningitis A single dose vaccine, highly recommended for entering Freshmen, dormitory residents, or students who are immunocompromised. Meningococcal vaccine can prevent 2 of the 3 important types of meningococcal disease in older children and adults.
Influenza
(Flu Shot)
(Nasal Mist)
Recommended annually for all students. Helps in the prevention against contracting different strains of influenza.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) A three dose series is recommended for girls age 11-12 years of age. Also recommended for women ages 13-26 who did not receive it when younger. No boosters recommended at this time. HVP vaccine provides protection against genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer.

For more information on any of these vaccines please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.