Vaccines can prevent diseases that are dangerous and deadly. Vaccines greatly reduce the risk of infection by working with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to a disease. However, the topic of vaccine safety has become a concerning factor recently for many people.
We understand your fears. Talk to Dr. Mills and the Care Team about your fears or questions. Vaccination is an emotional issue. “Vaccination is as important for adults as it is for children, and yet many adults are not optimally vaccinated,” says William Schaffner, MD, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
We believe that vaccines are safe and do not pose a danger to your
Autism and vaccines
Many people wonder if there is a link between autism and vaccines. This fear was caused by a study involving eight children, which has since been retracted by the journal that published it; this link has further been discredited by fourteen subsequent studies including millions of children worldwide. Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, supports vaccination.
What Vaccines do I need?
The following information is a brief overview of some vaccines and is not in any particular order:
- The flu shot: Unless you are allergic to the flu shot, you should get one every year. The flu shot is the best protection against the flu. Pregnant women, small children, elderly people with poor health, and people with chronic diseases like asthma, heart disease are at high risk for serious infection and death from the flu. The flu shot can significantly reduce risk. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot
2. Pneumonia Vaccination: If you are over 65 or have breathing or other medical issues you may need two pneumonia shots- the pneumovax and the Prevnar 13- one year apart.
3. Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) and Td (tetanus diphtheria). If you did not receive this vaccine as a child, you should start a 3 dose series with the 1st dose of Tdap and 2nd and 3rd doses of Td. The series is given over 7-12 months. Vaccination against pertussis is especially important for those in direct contact with infants. After the series, a Td booster is recommended every 10 years.
4. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): Adults born after 1957 who do not have a record of vaccination should discuss getting this one shot vaccination with Dr. Mills
5. HPV, Herpes Zoster or Shingles. One shot vaccine for those over age 60. Those under 60 should check insurance plan for coverage; Out of pocket is $250. Note, if you get the shingles rash you can infect others with chicken pox.
6. HPV Vaccine (Gardasil) for ages 11 to 26. HPV is spread by sexual contact. Women who have been vaccinated should continue to have cervical screening examinations even though they have had the HPV vaccine.
8. Hepatitis B is a 3 dose vaccine for over age 19 that does not have a record of vaccination or at risk. Hepatitis B is spread from one person to another from blood, semen, or other body fluids of an infected person. Sexual contact and sharing needles with an infected person is the most common mode of transmission. It is impossible to contract the virus from the vaccine itself.
9. Meningococcal (Meningitis). There are two vaccines to protect against meningitis:
- Meningococcal conjugate (Menactra)
- Serogroup B meningococcal (Trumemba)
Teens may receive serogroup B, preferably at age 16-18 years old; Adults check with Dr. Mills. Recommended for those living in college dormitories or military barracks.
10. Chickenpox (Varicella)
Recommended for adults over 19 years without a record of vaccination. 2-dose series given 4-8 weeks apart.
Same Day Call In for Vaccines!
on the day you call are available in our office Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. No co-payment or co-insurance for
“immunization-only” appointment. If your insurance
requires a co-payment we will send you a bill. Out of pocket flu shot is $25.
Call the office for more information at 732-303-6455. We look forward to hearing from you.
Resources to check out!
- Vaccines.gov, CDC.gov