Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Vaccinations Available at the Darke County Health Department

Are you 11–19 years old?

Then you may need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!

Many people between the ages of 11 and 19 think they are done with their vaccinations. They think vaccinations are just for little kids. But guess what? There are millions of people between the ages of 11 and 19 who need vaccinations to prevent whooping cough, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, chickenpox, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, influenza, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, and human papillomavirus infection. Are you one of them?

Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job. Make sure you and your healthcare provider keep your immunizations up to date. Check to be sure you’ve had all the vaccinations you need.

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough)(Tdap, Td) In the state of Ohio, a onetime booster dose of Tdap at age 11–12 years, is required for entrance into the seventh grade. Tdap protects against the whooping cough disease that is sometimes life threatening for young children and infants. With the number of cases in Ohio on the rise, it is now more important than ever to protect our children by vaccinating against these diseases.

Varicella (Var) (chickenpox shot) If you have not been previously vaccinated and have not had the chickenpox disease, you should get vaccinated against this disease. The vaccine is given as a 2-dose series. Any adolescent who was vaccinated as a child with only 1 dose should get a second dose now. Vaccinate now to protect against the disease that causes Shingles later in life.

Hepatitis A (HepA) Anyone can get infected with hepatitis A, a liver disease that is found in the stool of people with Hepatitis A. Many times we are infected by contaminated water, food that has not been properly washed, or common contact with someone that has the disease. Hepatitis A vaccine is licensed for all children one year and older. The vaccine is given as a 2-dose series.

Human Papillomavirus(HPV) About 20 million Americans are currently infected, with 6 million more infected each year. HPV is associated with several less common cancers, such as vaginal, and vulvar cancers in women, and anal and oropharyngeal cancers, genital warts, and warts in the throat of men and women. All adolescent boys and girls should get a series of 3 doses of HPV vaccine before sexual contact to help prevent lasting effects of the disease. One brand, Gardasil, prevents both cervical cancer and genital warts. HPV vaccination is recommended for ages 11 and up, and as early as 9 years old.

Meningococcal disease This vaccine is recommended for all teens ages 11 through 18 years. The first dose should be given at 11 or 12 years old, with a booster dose given after 16 years of age to continue to protect them through their college years. Adolescents are at higher risk of infection when playing contact sports, sharing water bottles, kissing, or simply sharing a lipgloss. Older adolescents at risk include college freshmen who will be or are living in dormitories, or dormitory style housing, and those with certain special medical conditions.

Immunization Action Coalition • 1573 Selby Ave. • St. Paul, MN 55104 • (651) 647-9009 • www.vaccineinformation.orgwww.immunize.org

The Darke County Health Department
Walk-In Immunization Clinic
Tuesdays 8-10:30 and 2-5
300 Garst Ave. Greenville
(937) 548-4196

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