As your child prepares for college, make sure he or she is up to date on all necessary vaccinations. They include:
- TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, commonly called “whooping cough”) – “We know from studies that the pertussis vaccinations we receive as young children eventually wear off,” says Dolores J. McDowell, APRN, FNP-BC, family nurse practitioner at Saint Francis Medical Center. “So we are seeing more adults and the elderly with whooping cough who may infect an infant. Whooping cough in an infant or in the elderly can be deadly.”
- Meningococcal – This vaccine protects against meningitis, which can be deadly.
- HPV (human papillomavirus) – “This immunization is the only current immunization that protects against cancer,” says McDowell. “Certain strains of HPV can lead to cervical cancer. Both boys and girls should receive the vaccination because they can be carriers of this sexually transmitted disease.”
These vaccinations can be given any time after a child turns 9 years old. For more information call 573-331-3000.