Other Immunization Information

The following is some additional information about vaccines. Contacting your family doctor or the health department for additional information is also suggested. Many vaccines are available at your family doctor's office, Health Department, or at the Birkam Health Center.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis Vaccine: Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, and wounds. For prevention of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, adolescents and adults are recommended to receive a one-time booster of Tdap. Td should be used for later booster doses.

Hepatitis B Vaccine: Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease. Most infants are being vaccinated against this with a series of three injections, but some older children and young adults have not been. It is recommended for anyone in the medical or dental field and for others who would like protection against the disease.

Chicken Pox Vaccine: Most people get this disease in childhood, but some do not and remain susceptible to it. Those who haven't had the disease before may want to discuss this with their doctor. This vaccine is a series of two injections.

Meningococcal Vaccine: (Commonly called 'meningitis vaccine') Meningococcus is the name of a bacteria that can cause severe infections, including meningitis. (There are other types of bacteria and viruses that can also cause meningitis). This bacteria has a number of sub-types (or groups) and there are individuals who carry this bacteria in the nose and throat without problems or illness. There is a vaccine that protects against most of the groups of this bacteria. A variety of health-related organizations recommend that college students give serious thought to obtaining this vaccine. You may want to discuss this individually with your doctor. This vaccine has been in the news, as meningitis can be a severe or fatal infection and occurs among college students. This vaccine can be obtained at the Health Center. For more information on Meningitis and vaccination, go to Meningitis. If you would like further information about these vaccines or other health related issues, you may call the Birkam Health Center and speak to a nurse at (231) 591-2614.

HPV Vaccine: Human Papilloma Virus is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives. HPV can cause cervical cancer in women and cause genital warts in both women and men. Gardasil is the vaccine that protects against four of the major types of HPV-two types that are responsible for 90% of genital warts and two types responsible for 70% of cervical cancer. The vaccine is given in a series of three injections. It is recommended for both women and men.