Flu vaccine 6 months to 18 yrs
The American Committee in
Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends flu shots for all children
ages 6 months through 18 years of age. Flu shots and FluMist will be
available in the fall through Community Health. Further announcements
about the delivery of flu vaccinations will be made as fall approaches.
Up-to-date flu information can be found at www.krhc.com.
Adolescents (11yrs to 18yrs)
The American Committee in
Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends that 11-12 year olds need
additional immunizations. Menactra (meningococcal, meningitis),
Gardasil (HPV), and Tdap are available in Kossuth Co. The menactra shot
will lower the risk of bacteria meningitis. The HPV vaccine can prevent
most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer. In addition to
the tetanus booster of old, Tdap adds a new pertussis protection. Two
doses of chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine are also recommended for
adolescents who have not had the disease of chickenpox.
vaccine for prevention of bacterial meningitis
Meningitis is an infection of
the fluid of the spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain.
Often referred to as spinal meningitis, the disease is usually caused
by a viral or bacterial infection. Viral meningitis can usually resolve
itself without specific treatment. Bacterial meningitis has the
potential for long term, residual complications, and about 10% of the
patients die. Early diagnosis and quick effective antibiotic therapy
can significantly lessen the severity of the disease. Vaccination will
lower, though not eliminate completely, the risk of the disease.
Gardasil (HPV) vaccine for
prevention of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in females
papillomavirus can be the cause of cervical cancer, other less common
forms of cancer, and warts that appear in either the genital area or
the upper respiratory tract. Though there are about 40 types of HPV,
this vaccine protects against 4 major types of HPV. HPV vaccine can
prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer.
Tdap vaccine for additional
protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. This is a new
formulation that includes protection against pertussis (whooping
cough). Pertussis (whooping cough) has been on the rise the last
several years especially in the adolescent population. Because of this,
this new formula was developed to help stop the increase in the number
of cases of pertussis.
If you have insurance, please
call your insurance company to determine if your insurance covers
immunizations or includes immunizations under the category of
preventive care. If insurance will pay, call your Dr’s office to
receive vaccinations. If your insurance does not pay and you meet the
following eligibility requirements, please contact Community Health,
KRHC at 515-295-4430, 800-603-8433. These eligibility requirements are
part of the Vaccines for Children program provided by the federal
government. Community Health is required to abide by these requirements:
• Birth to
18 years of age
Medicaid/Title 19 enrolled
• No health
Indian or Alaskan Native
Underinsured -no immunization coverage, covers only certain
or caps the cost at a certain
deductibles or co-pay do NOT qualify persons for VFC.
Please call Community Health,
KRHC 515-295-4430, 800-603-8433 or your Dr’s office for more