Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
Appropriate for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26, Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against four different strains of the virus that causes genital warts, and precancerous and cancerous lesions on the cervix, vagina, and vulva. The vaccine is administered as a series of three injections given over a six-month period. No boosters are necessary.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough) are easily preventable diseases that can all be avoided with a single vaccine. Though typically given in childhood, boosters are recommended every 10 years for tetanus and are strongly recommended for those who will be with very young children and babies, or work in the health care field.
This viral liver disease can be obtained through contaminated food and drink or from close contact with an infected person. Hepatitis A often shows up in clusters or mini-epidemics and can be extremely uncomfortable. Fever, nausea, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), vomiting, fatigue, and similar symptoms can last 3 or 4 months, or longer without treatment. The vaccine is administered as a 2-part injection within a six-month period.