Vaccines

Vaccine Descriptions and Prevented Diseases

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Ages
Vaccine 4-6 yrs 7-10 yrs 11-12 yrs 13-15 yrs 16 yrs 17-18 yrs
DTaP
IPV
MMR
Varicella
TDaP
HPV
Meningococcal

DTaP

Diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP)

< 7yrs old


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Prevented Diseases

Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Before vaccines, many children died each year from Diptheria.

Tetanus (Lockjaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw, so the victim cannot open their mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases.

Pertussis (Whooping cough) — known medically as pertussis — causes coughing spells so bad that infants and children may be unable to eat, drink or breathe. It can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage or death.


IPV

Inactivated polio vaccine (IPV)


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Prevented Diseases

Polio may originate with no symptoms, sometimes presenting with a sore throat, fever, nausea, or headache. Eventually it may lead to paralysis or death. Polio is very contagious, spreading through the air, food and drink and direct contact.


MMR

Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)


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Prevented Diseases

Measles causes fever, rash, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Complications can include ear infection, diarrhea, pneumonia, brain damage, and death.

Mumps causes fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen salivary glands. Complications can include swelling of the testicles or ovaries, deafness, inflammation of the brain and/or tissue covering the brain and spinal cord (encephalitis/meningitis) and, rarely, death.

Rubella causes fever, sore throat, rash, headache, and red, itchy eyes. Rubella can cause arthritis in teens and adult women. If a woman gets rubella while she is pregnant, she could have a miscarriage, or her baby could be born with serious birth defects.


Varicella

Varicella (Chickenpox)


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Prevented Diseases

Chickenpox, or varicella causes a blister-like rash, itching, tiredness, and fever. More serious complications include skin infections, pneumonia, blood, bone and joint infections or swelling of the brain.


TDaP

Tetanus-diptheria-acellural pertussis (Tdap)

7 yrs and older


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Prevented Diseases

Tetanus (lockjaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw, so the victim cannot open their mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases.

Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.

Pertussis (Whooping cough) — known medically as pertussis — causes coughing spells so bad that infants and children may be unable to eat, drink or breathe. It can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage or death.


HPV

Human Papillomavirus Infection


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Prevented Diseases

Human Papillomavirus Infection , or HPV vaccine can prevent most genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer in women. HPV is also linked to penile cancer in men and throat and anal cancer in both men and women. Protection from HPV vaccine is expected to be long-lasting.


Meningococcal


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Prevented Diseases

Meningitis, is an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis kills 10-15 people out of every 100 who gets it. Meningitis can also cause hearing loss, brain and kidney damage and other disabilities. It is spread through coughing, kissing and by close contact with family members and can occur without warning.