Vaccines prevent more than 2.5 million deaths each year. Children and teens are protected from 16 diseases that have a terrible effect on their victims if left unvaccinated. In fact, most childhood vaccines are 90-99% effective in preventing diseases.

The Different Types of Vaccinations
Pneumococcal (Pneumonia):
Adults 65 or older, people with underlying medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, heart disease and people who smoke should be vaccinated.

Pneumococcus can lead to infections of the lung, middle ear, heart problems, brain damage, loss of hearing, loss of arms or legs, or even death. Pneumococcus is one of the most common causes of severe pneumonia. Pneumonia infections can be prevented and can usually be treated. According to the CDC your best prevention against pneumonia is getting vaccinated.

Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tetanus & Whooping Cough):
All adults who have never received the Tdap vaccine, pregnant women and anyone who will be around small children (including parents, grandparents, and childcare providers) should be vaccinated.

Tetanus can lead to serious, painful spasms of all muscles and can prevent you from opening your mouth (lockjaw). Tetanus enters the body through cuts and wounds.

Hepatitis:
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that affects the liver and can affect anyone who is exposed.

Hepatitis A can be spread by an infected person who exhibits no symptoms. It can be mild, lasting several weeks, to severe - lasting several months. Rarely, it can lead to liver failure and death.

Hepatitis B is spread from one infected person to another, including an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth. People who should be vaccinated includes health care workers, those with chronic liver disease, HIV infection, those in contact with someone already infected or anyone who wants to be protected.

An infected person often exhibits no symptoms. It can range in severity from a mild illness of a few weeks to a lifelong, or “Chronic Hepatitis B.” Chronic infection is a serious disease that can lead to long-term health problems, even death.

There is a combination vaccine that protects people from both Hepatitis A and B. The combined vaccine is usually given as three separate doses over a six month period.

Meningococcal (Meningitis):
The vaccine is recommended for all first year college students living in a residence hall, and anyone with a damaged or missing spleen. People between 16 to 21 years of age have the highest rates of catching meningitis.

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain and spinal cord. It often triggers headache, fever, and stiff neck. Depending on the cause, viral vs. bacterial or fungal, it can get a life-threatening emergency which requires urgent treatment.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV):
Is most common in people in their late teens early 20’s. HPV vaccine is recommended for girls aged 13 through 21 years.

HPV can cause health problems, including certain cancers. There is no routine screening for most HPV-related cancers for women or men. The HPV vaccine is a strong weapon to help prevent several types. The vaccine is administered in three doses over six months.

Influenza (Flu):
Adults 65 or older, people with certain medical conditions, including, asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, and children 6 months or younger should be vaccinated.

The flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor visits, missed work and school due to the flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

Vaccinations Diamond Offers
Fluzone (Quadravalent Influenza)
Afluria (Trivalent Influenza)
Prevnar (Pneumonia)
Pneumovax (Pneumonia)
Boostrix (Tetanus)
Menactra (Meningitis)
Gardisil (Human Papilloma Virus)
Menveo (Meningitis)
Energix-B (Hepatitis B)
Adacel (Tetanus)
Havrix (Hepatitis A)

Others can be ordered based on prescriptions, just ask your pharmacist. Not all immunizing agents are available for pharmacist administration.

Many vaccines provide lifelong protection, but some require booster shots.
Vaccinations are currently only available at 670 Philadelphia Street location. Call Diamond and schedule an appointment today!