The following includes information about immunizations we
T-dap is the vaccination for tetanus, diphtheria and
pertussis (otherwise known as “whooping cough”). Adolescents and adults should
be receive a tetanus booster every 10 years.
T-dap should be given once in place of a regular booster. It can also be given sooner than 10 years
after the last Td booster.
As of 2010, the “Meningitis” vaccine is given in 2
shots. First-year college students
living in a residential hall should get a booster dose if their first dose was
given before age 16.
HPV vaccine is given as a 3-dose series to females and males
ages 9-26 years.
Influenza vaccine is recommended for all individuals over
the age of 6 months. The vaccine is
given annually between the months of September and March in the northern
A vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series given at least 6 months
apart. It is recommended if you are at a
higher risk of exposure, such as upcoming travel. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is spread by close
personal contact and by eating food or drinking water containing HAV.
B vaccine is administered as a 3-dose series normally beginning at birth with
the second dose given at 1-2 months of age and the third does at 6-18 months of
age. The schedule is the same for adults
who have not been vaccinated (day 1, 1-2 months later, 6-18 months after the
(TWINRIX vaccine contains both Hepatitis
A and Hepatitis B vaccines and is also a 3-dose series)
known as “chickenpox”, this vaccine is recommended if you have never had the
chickenpox. It is a 2-dose series
administered 28 days apart
For adults who have not received this vaccine, it is a
2-dose series given 28 days apart (proof of immunity to the measles virus is
required for entry into elementary through college-age students).
Most adults already received this vaccine during
childhood. A booster is required for
travel to certain countries. It is a
The Shingles virus is caused by the same virus, Varicella
Zoster, as chickenpox. Only someone who
has had chickenpox can get Shingles. The
CDC has historically recommended the vaccine to adults 60 years and older. The FDA approved the use of the vaccine to
adults 50-59 in 2011. It is a 1-dose
Pneumococcal vaccine is usually given to adults 65 years and
older. It is also given to children and
adults with long-term/chronic health problems or immune deficiencies. It is usually a 1-dose injection but under
certain circumstances a second dose is recommended.
The vaccine is administered as a 2-dose series, 1 month
apart, for those 17 years and older, traveling to Asia where JE occurs (or are
unsure of travel plans).
Typhoid vaccine can either be given as an injection of a
“killed” virus or by a live “weakened” form given as pills. The injectable vaccine is 1 dose with a
booster every 2 years for people remaining at risk. The pills are given in 4 doses: days 1, 3, 5 and 7.
skin test (“PPD”or Mantoux)
for tuberculosis (TB) is done on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (not
Thursdays). A person having the PPD test
done must return within 48-72 hours to have the test read. (If the reading is missed, there is a 7 day
wait period before the test can be administered again at the person’s own
expense). TB blood testing is the preferred method of TB infection testing
for those people who have received the “BCG” vaccine and those who have a
difficult time returning for a second appointment to look for a reaction to the