Vaccinations

Services We Provide:

  • MMR and Flu Vaccine
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus
  • Typhoid
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Yellow Fever
  • Other vaccines can be ordered if recommended by our physician

We are able to provide many adult vaccinations that might be needed for work, travel or prevention.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a viral infection spread through contaminated food or water. The illness presents about a month after the exposure and can last several weeks. The vaccination series consists of 2 injections 6 – 8 months apart. A titer is rarely needed on a routine basis.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a viral infection spread through body fluid exposure (blood, sex). It is considered to be very infectious and can potentially result in severe or chronic disease. The vaccination consists of 3 vaccinations scheduled at 0, 1 and 6 months. For those whose job has the potential of body fluid exposure, i.e. health care providers, first responders, then a titer (blood test) is recommended a month after the 3rd injection to confirm and document that the vaccination has been effective.

MMR

Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) are serious diseases. You can catch these diseases by being around someone who has them; they are spread from person to person through the air. Most children who get their MMR shots will not get these diseases.

Symptoms of measles includes rash, cough, runny nose, eye irritation and fever and can lead to ear infection, pneumonia, seizures, brain damage and death.

Symptoms of mumps includes fever, headache and swollen glands and can lead to deafness, meningitis, painful swelling of testicles or ovaries.

Symtoms of Rubella (German Measles) include mild fever, rash and arthritis (mostly in women). If a woman gets rubella while pregnant, she risks having a  miscarriage or the baby may be born with serious birth defects.

Flu Vaccine

The flu is a contagious disease that spreads around the US every winter, usually between October and May. Flu is caused by the influenza virus and can be spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact. Anyone can get the flu, but the risk of getting the flu is highest among children. Flu can lead to pneumonia and make existing medical conditions worse.

Tdap: Tetanus Diptheria and Pertusis

Tetanus is a severe illness that occurs with wounds that get contaminated with soil that contains the tetanus spores. The vaccination can contain only tetanus, contain tetanus along with protection against diphtheria (a pulmonary illness), or, recently, additionally contain protection against pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough).

This vaccination is recommended at least every 10 years on a routine basis but every 5 years if a potential contamination occurs.

Typhoid

Typhoid is a food borne bacterial illness that occurs in areas lacking in adequate sanitation. Commonly given to travelers or to workers that visit third world countries.

There are two forms of the vaccination, an injectable that is good for 2 years, and an oral form that is good for 5 years. Many employers prefer the former, as they know the vaccine has been administered.

Meningitis

Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial infection of the fluid and tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It is spread by airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing, from intimate contact or from contact from freshly contaminated objects. This disease can be easily spread in crowded environments such as dorms, barracks, live-in institutions and for travelers in the Haji Pilgrimage. This vaccine needs to be pre ordered in advance.

Polio

Polio is a viral infection that is spread from contaminated water. The disease often will produce paralysis of muscles, especially in the arm or leg. This disease is no longer in the western hemisphere and is mostly now found in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Although most have had a childhood series, the CDC recommends an additional single adult booster for those going to areas still with the disease.

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is a serious disease caused by the yellow fever virus. It is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be spread directly from person to person. It is found in certain parts of Africa and South America. Our facility provides the International Certificate “Yellow Card.” This certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination and last for 10 years.

Other vaccines can be ordered if recommended by our physician.