Immunization. Power to Protect!
We vaccinate to protect our future. We don’t vaccinate just to protect our children. We also vaccinate to protect our grandchildren and their grandchildren. It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it after it occurs. Diseases that used to be common in this country and around the world, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, rotavirus and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) can now be prevented by vaccination. With one disease, smallpox, we “stopped the leak” in the boat by eradicating the disease. Our children don’t have to get smallpox shots anymore because the disease no longer exists. Over the years vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives. If we keep vaccinating now, parents in the future may be able to trust that diseases like polio and meningitis won’t infect, cripple, or kill children. Vaccinations are one of the best ways to put an end to the serious effects of certain diseases (CDC.gov).
Click here to view the recommended immunization schedule for kids 0-6.
Child and Adult Immunizations
Child and adult immunizations are offered at our clinic at no cost to you or for a small fee. We are authorized to bill most insurances companies; please check to see if your insurance is accepted or we accept cash payment.
Vaccines for Children (VFC) is a program that provides free immunizations to eligible children, 18 years old and younger. Eligibility is defined as those who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured (health insurance does not provide coverage for childhood immunizations), and/or American Indian or Alaska Natives. While there is no charge for the vaccine, we gratefully accept donations to assist with the cost in offering this clinic.
The VFC program was created to meet the vaccination needs of children birth through 18 years as recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP and the American Academy of Pediatrics are working closely to ensure uniformity in the childhood immunization schedule. The vaccine available through the VFC program currently include: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Haemophilus influenza b, poliomyelitis, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, pneumococcal (pneumonia), flu, varicella, meningococcal, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, and HPV.
At the present time, 75% – 80% of adults are carrying one strain of HPV.
Estimates of the near future women 80% and men 90% for carriers.
HPV causes 5 types of cancers in women, and 3 types in men.