can protect you and your family members from a variety of health
problems. Below you will find the most common types. We also
offer the Gardasil immunization which helps protect women
against cervical cancer, precancerous lesions and genital warts
related to HPV and the Zostavax immunization which protects
against Shingles. See below for more information!
Immunization Schedule (Spanish)
The State Department of Health added routine vaccinations for
chickenpox to its recommended list in 1996. The recommended
schedule is to give children ages 12 -- 18 months a one-dose
vaccination. Unvaccinated children without a reliable history of
chickenpox and susceptible adolescents and adults also should be
vaccinated (the dosage varies for these individuals). The
vaccine is highly effective, but may not provide full protection
FLU AND PNEUMONIA
It is best to get these vaccinations in the fall. We strongly
recommend both these vaccines for those over 60 and for those
with any chronic disease or respiratory ailment including
asthma, even in children. The pneumonia vaccine is given only
once and the flu vaccine yearly.
HEPATITIS B VACCINE (HB)
Hepatitis B vaccine is given by injection. Three doses, given on
three different dates, are needed for full protection. Exactly
when these three doses are given can vary. Infants can get the
vaccine at the same time as other baby shots, or during regular
visits for well child care. Your doctor or nurse will tell you
when the three shots should be given.
GERMAN MEASLES (RUBELLA)
Due to the potential congenital defects in babies born to
mothers who have rubella during pregnancy, we strongly recommend
that girls in their late teens and early twenties be immunized
for rubella (German Measles), if they did not get the second MMR
or rubella vaccine as a child or teenager. Generally, if you’ve
had German Measles, you are immune; however, we have tests to
determine immunity. It is recommended that pregnancy not occur
until three months after immunization.
If your child has been immunized before the end of 1957 or was
less than 15 months of age, it has been suggested by the State
Board of Health that the child be re-immunized for measles. The
State of Minnesota also requires a second measles immunization
be given prior to seventh grade. A blood test can be taken to
check for immunity as an adult.
Gardasil vaccine helps protect against the following diseases
caused by Human Papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16 and 18:
Cervical Cancer (cancer of the lower end of the uterus or
Abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions
Abnormal and precancerous vaginal lesions
Abnormal and precancerous vulvar lesions
Gardasil is for girls and women 9 through 26 years of age. It is
given as a series of 3 doses, given 2 months apart. HPV is a
common virus. In 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention estimated that 20 million people in the U.S. had the
virus. If undetected, it can develop into cervical cancer,
precancerous lesions, or genital warts depending on the type of
virus you have. The CDC estimates that at least 50% of sexually
active people catch HPV during their lifetime. Many people who
have HPV may not show any signs or symptoms and can pass on the
virus to others without even knowing it.
It is important to know that having this vaccination does not
substitute for routine cervical cancer screening. Females who
receive Gardasil should continue annual cervical screening and
Zostavax is a single dose
vaccine that is used for adults 60 years of age or older to
prevent shingles (also known as a zoster). The effectiveness of
the vaccine declines with increasing age. It works by helping
your immune system protect you from getting shingles and the
associated pain and other serious complications. If you do get
shingles, even though you have been vaccinated, Zostavax may
help prevent the nerve pain that can follow shingles in some
Zostavax cannot be used to treat shingles once you have it. If
you do get shingles, see your health care provider within the
first few days of getting the rash. As with any vaccine,
Zostavax may not protect everyone who receives the vaccine.
You should not receive Zostavax:
If you have a disease or condition that causes a weakened
immune system such as
immune deficiency, including leukemia, lymphoma, HIV/AIDS or are
taking high doses of steroids by injection or by mouth.
If you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
If you have active TB (tuberculosis) that is not being treated.