Vaccine for Hepatitis
TWINRIX is a vaccine for adults 18 years of age or older. It is used to help protect against hepatitis A and hepatitis B infections, which can affect the liver. Our office offers this vaccine and others in an effort to keep you healthy. You may be surprised to learn that a person can have hepatitis A or hepatitis B without looking sick, feeling sick or having any symptoms at all. Infected people do not always exhibit symptoms of Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, but they can spread the viruses to others without even knowing that they are infected.
Although it may sound strange, people can become infected with hepatitis A virus or hepatitis B virus without having signs (things you might see) and symptoms (things you may feel) of an illness. Symptoms usually begin many days to weeks after the initial infection occurs.
In fact, many people who contract hepatitis A or hepatitis B don’t know how they were exposed. Thousands of cases of acute hepatitis A and hepatitis B were reported to the CDC in 2007. In more than half of those cases, patients did not identify how they got hepatitis A or hepatitis B.
The future will be here before you know it. And chances are you’ve already started planning it. If those plans don’t include cervical cancer or genital warts, you should know how GARDASIL can help protect against diseases caused by human papillomavirus (HPV).
What is GARDASIL? GARDASIL is the HPV vaccine that helps protect against 4 types of HPV. In girls and young women ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 2 types of HPV that cause about 75% of cervical cancer cases, and 2 more types that cause 90% of genital warts cases. In boys and young men ages 9 to 26, GARDASIL helps protect against 90% of genital warts cases.
GARDASIL also helps protect girls and young women ages 9 to 26 against 70% of vaginal cancer cases and up to 50% of vulvar cancer cases.
Every year, about 11,000 women get cervical cancer in the United States. Young women in their 20s are at their highest risk of abnormal cervical changes that may lead to cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), which is transmitted through sexual contact or intercourse. Most HPV infections can clear by themselves, but if you are infected by a cancer-causing HPV type that doesn’t go away, it may develop into cancer.
CERVARIX helps to protect against the 2 HPV types that cause most cervical cancer (HPV 16 and 18 cause 75% of cervical cancer cases). CERVARIX is a vaccine for girls or young women between the ages of 10 and 25.
CERVARIX does not prevent disease due to all HPV types and is not a treatment for cervical cancer. It is important to get routine cervical cancer screening, such as a Pap test, and talkl to your healthcare provider.
The Tdap vaccine is recommended by the CDC (Center of Disease Control) for pregnant women during their second or third semester and protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). These are serious diseases that may be life threatening to both mother and infant. Pregnant women are advised to get the vaccine in their late second or third trimester, to help the mother build antibodies that are passed on to the newborn. This offers the baby protection until the age of two months when the vaccine can be administered. It is recommended that pregnant women receive a dose with each pregnancy, even if they have received the vaccine previously.
Whooping cough is fatal for infants and in 2012, the majority of the 18 deaths due to the illness were children younger than three months old.
If you are pregnant, schedule a consultation with us today to discuss the importance of the Tdap Vaccine for you and your unborn child.
Boostrix is a vaccine to protect newborn babies from pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. Whooping cough is fatal in newborns and Boostrix is recommended in the second or third trimester of pregnancy to help to prevent exposing the newborn to the disease. In addition, it is a good idea for other family members who will be in close proximity to the baby to get the vaccine as well.
Try not to wait until the very end of your pregnancy to get Boostrix, as it takes about two weeks to start working. It is acceptable to receive it after giving birth, however this is not ideal.
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone aged 6 months and above every year. It is suggested that this vaccine is received in October so you will be protected before flu season begins in December. We offer the preservative free, and mercury free version of this vaccine.
The Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for all patients 65 and older to prevent certain types of pneumonia. It is also recommended for certain high risk patients, such as those with asthma, aged 2-64 years, or people who smoke.