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Vaccines Currently Available at the Health Department

This information is current as of January 10, 2012.
DTaP (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis/Whooping Cough)

    • Required for entry into childcare or school
    • Only used for children ages 2 months through 6 years of age
  • DTaP, Polio and Hib combination vaccine (Pentacel)
    • Combination vaccine that may be used to meet individual requirements
  • EIPV (Polio)
    • Required for entry into childcare or school until 18 years of age
  • Haemophilus Influenza Vaccine (Hib)   Note: This is not regular flu vaccine.
    • Required for entry into childcare or school
    • Not given after 4 years of age except for certain high risk children ages 5-18
  • Hepatitis A
    • 2 doses required
  • Hepatitis B
    • Required for entry into childcare or school
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) (Gardasil)
    • Recommended for males and females 9-26 years of age (3 doses series)
  • Influenza (Flu) (injectable)
    • Seasonal
    • State may provide at no cost for younger children; varies yearly
  • High Dose Influenza Vaccine
    • New formulation for ages 65 and up
  • Flu Mist (Nasal Spray)
    • Ages 2 - 49, healthy and not pregnant
  • Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR)
    • Required for entry into childcare or school
    • Not given if younger than 12 months old

  •  Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (Menactra)
    • Required for entry into some colleges (only for persons ages 2-55)
    • One dose needed
  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV 13)
    • Not required by law
  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide 23-valent (PPV23) (Pneumonia vaccine)
    • High risk includes those with functional or anatomical asplenia, immuno-compromised, bone marrow transplant or cochlear implant recipients, Alaskan natives or American Indians.
    • One dose recommended for anyone age 65 and older; Medicare B will usually cover.
  • Rotavirus (only for children ages 6-32 weeks of age)
    • Cannot begin series after 12 weeks of age and cannot be given after 32 weeks of age
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (Td)
    • Required for school attendance if older than 6 years of age and  not fully immunized with DTaP previously and not yet eligible to receive Tdap (see below)
    • Used in age 7 and up; Booster doses recommended for all persons every 10 years (also, see Tdap)
  • Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria & pertussis/whooping cough) 
    • Required for students entering 6th grade in a public school on or after August 1, 2008  if 5 or more years have elapsed since last dose of Td; and for students not in public schools who are 12 years of age on or after August 1, 2008 if 5 or more years have elapsed since the last dose of Td
    • One dose is recommended for anyone ages 10-64 to replace one dose of Td
  • Twinrix (Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B Combination)
  • High-risk persons are:
    • Men who have sex with men
    • IV drug users
    • Persons with multiple sex partners
    • Persons who have been incarcerated
    • Persons who are Hepatitis C or HIV positive
    • Persons seeking treatment for an STD
    • Persons with chronic liver disease
    • Persons receiving family planning services who are not in a mutually monogamous relationship
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
    • Required for persons born after April 1, 2001
    • Not given if younger than 12 months of age (2 doses needed)
  • Zostavax (Shingles vaccine)
    • One dose recommended for adults ages 60 and older