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April, 2010

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Immunizations Available at minimal cost

Brady Health Center has received a limited supply of several different vaccines through a grant from federal stimulus funds with the Allegany County Health Department. These vaccines are available to Frostburg State University students for a $10.00 administration fee per dose. The vaccines available through this grant currently include:

Tdap (Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis)
At time of entry, FSU students need to have had either a Td or Tdap booster within the past 10 years. With the marked increase of cases of pertussis (whooping cough) among adolescents and adults, it is important for all to have Tdap for one of their tetanus booster shots.

Hepatitis A
This vaccines is recommended for those at risk such as men who have sex with men, street drug users and those traveling to countries with a high prevalence of Hepatitis A. Two doses of vaccine are given over 6 months.

Hepatitis B
This vaccine has been a part of routine infant immunizations since 1991 and so most students should have completed the series.. Adolescents who did not receive the vaccine when they were younger should be vaccinated and all unvaccinated adults at risk for HBV (hepatitis B virus) infection should be vaccinated. Three doses are given over 6 months. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, semen and vaginal secretions so sexual contact is a major mode of transmission.

Pneumococcal Pneumonia
Pneumococcal vaccine protects against several strains of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria which can cause pneumonia, meningitis and/or bacteremia. Students with chronic health problems as heart disease, lung disease (including asthma), sickle cell disease or diabetes should be vaccinated. Also this year smokers were added to the list of those that should be vaccinated. Usually only one dose of vaccine is needed, but under certain circumstances a second dose may be given

Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against four of the major types of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) including two of the strains that cause most cases of genital warts and two strains that cause 70% of the cases of cervical cancer. It is a three-shot series given over six months. Routine vaccination is recommended for all females aged 9 - 26 years. The FDA recently expanded its approval to include use of the vaccine to prevent genital warts in boys and men ages 9 - 26 year.

Menintis Vaccine
Menacta (MCV4)protects against four of the five strains of the meningococcus bacteria. The strain present in the vaccine cause about 70% of the cases of meningococcal meningitis in this country. Vaccination is recommended for children and adolescents 11 through 18 years of age. It is also recommended for college freshman living in dorms, individuals traveling to a part of the world where meningococcal disease is common and anyone who has a damaged spleen or spleen has been removed

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