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Vaccinations to Consider for Your Child
Thursday, 13 SEPTEMBER 2018

By Marcia Schaefer, St. Anthony Home Health, Hospice and Public Health Director

With back-to-school exams and the upcoming flu season, it can be difficult to know exactly when and who should receive which vaccination. At St. Anthony, we're here to help you sort through influenza vaccination options for your family and other new requirements for your middle- and high-school-aged children. Here are just a few of the vaccinations we want you to know about this year:

 

Influenza Vaccine

We encourage any person six months and older to get a flu vaccine each year. Vaccination is especially important for those who are at a high risk of complications related to the virus, including children under the age of five, adults 65 and older, women who are pregnant and those with chronic health conditions. While every flu season is unique, annual vaccinations are needed due to changing flu viruses and the decline of the body's immune response. Seasonal outbreaks typically peak in January. However, we recommend vaccination as early as September, due to the fact that it takes time for your body to develop antibodies to fight off influenza.

Carroll County Public Health will be offering the flu shot at various walk-in clinics beginning Thursday, September 13 through Thursday, November 15. Visit stanthonyhospital.org, the St. Anthony Regional Hospital Facebook page or co.carroll.ia.us for a complete schedule of dates, times and locations.

 

Tdap Vaccine

The Tdap vaccine protects adolescents and adults from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. One dose of Tdap is routinely given at age 11 or 12, and a booster should be given every 10 years. The vaccine is also encouraged after a severe cut or burn to prevent tetanus infection, or to pregnant women during pregnancy to protect the newborn from pertussis.

 

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

Did you know approximately 14 million Americans, including teens, get infected with HPV every year? This vaccination prevents infection with HPV types that are associated with many cancers, including: cervical, vaginal and vulvar cancers in females, throat and anal cancer in males and females and penile cancer in males. The HPV vaccine is recommended by the Center for Disease Control for both males and females and is routinely given at 11 or 12 years of age, but may be administered at ages 9 through 26. And there's good news – if this vaccination series is given before age 15, individuals may receive only two doses, versus three.

 

Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) Vaccine

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness that can lead to meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and infections of the blood. We recommend two doses of MenACWY for adolescents 11 through 18 years old, the first dose at 11 or 12 years old, with a booster dose at age 16. Additional vaccination may be required for certain individuals who have HIV, spleen damage or sickle cell disease, college freshmen living in dormitories, military recruits or people traveling to parts of the world where meningococcal disease is common. Speak with your health care provider regarding all of your health concerns prior to receiving this, or any, vaccination.

 

Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) Vaccine

The MenB vaccine can help prevent meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B. The MenB vaccine is recommended for individuals 10 years or older who are at increased risk for serogroup B infections, including anyone who has spleen damage, persistent complement component deficiency or taking eculizumab. Ages 16 to 18 are the preferred ages for vaccination.

For additional information on vaccinations that your child or family may benefit from, talk with your family physician or medical provider. You may also contact Carroll County Public Health at (712) 794-5408.

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