The North Shore Health Department has received special grant funding for 2010 that provides certain vaccines at a reduced cost for adults aged 19 or older. For $15.00 each, the following vaccines are available: Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), HPV (human papillomavirus), MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. These vaccines are available by appointment (call 414-371-2980) or at all three monthly immunization clinics listed on the Health Department website www.browndeerwi.org/brown-deer-services.cfm.
There is still time to protect yourself from the flu and the North Shore Health Department has scheduled two additional clinics to help you out.
As much as we would like to deny it, the end of summer is fast approaching and that means school will soon be starting. We want to remind you to include a review of your child's immunization record in your preparation for school. There have been some changes in the Wisconsin immunization requirements for the coming school year and your child may need some booster shots.
Spring will truly be here someday soon! People will be doing home projects, yard work, and gardening. They will be out with their pets. As the temperature gets even warmer, shoes and socks will come off. Everyone will be enjoying the seasons of spring and summer. They will also be increasing their risk of exposure to the disease of tetanus, commonly known as lockjaw.
The recent cases of measles in Milwaukee provide a timely lead in to National Infant Immunization Week, April 19-26, 2008. Measles is a highly infectious disease that is vaccine preventable. Before the measles vaccine was available, there were approximately 450,000 cases of measles every year and an average of 450 measles associated deaths a year in the U.S. Americans are fortunate to have a 99% reduction in measles cases since the vaccine was developed.