Vaccinations are your first line of defense
Vaccinating your family against preventable disease is easy and provides your children with the best opportunity to have a healthy start in life. Vaccines protect your child and the community at large. Use this helpful guide from the CDC to keep track of your child’s vaccinations.
Show some love and protect your baby while in the womb with recommended vaccinations
You have the power to protect yourself and your baby from serious diseases like whooping cough and flu. Keep you and your baby safe during pregnancy by following your doctor recommended vaccine schedule and don’t forget the flu vaccine! Getting vaccinated can help protect your baby after birth by passing on antibodies.
This helpful guide will provide a starting point for conversation with your prenatal care provider.
The following resources will provide evidence-based answers that rely on science to answer your questions.
Headed to College? Don’t forget your Meningitis Vaccine
Being in a group setting, such as college, increases risk factors for meningococcal disease. The CDC recommends that before heading off to college, students receive a booster dose if you already received one before your 16th birthday for maximum protection.
Meningococcal disease is bacterial and causes bloodstream infections and meningitis. College students are prone to contracting the disease because of living in group settings close together.
Additional information from the CDC on the importance of getting your meningococcal conjugate vaccine:
HPV Vaccination provides protection from certain types of cancers
HPV Vaccines: There are currently three HPV vaccines available: Gardasil, Cervarix, and and Gardasil 9. Experts recommend that all boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 26 get an HPV vaccine.
What is HPV? HPV is human papillomavirus. HPV is a common virus, more than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time. At any time, there are approximately 79 million people in the US with HPV.
Some types of HPV may cause symptoms like genital warts. Other types cause cervical lesions which, over a period of time, can develop into cancer if undetected. Most people have no symptoms of HPV infection—which means they have no idea that they have HPV. In most cases, HPV is harmless and the body clears most HPV infections naturally.