Have You Protected Your Child From Whooping Cough and HPV This Back To School Season?

There are two important immunizations to consider for your children at the beginning of the school year. Tdap, the vaccine to protect against Whooping Cough, and the HPV vaccine are recommended primarily to sixth graders, but are not limited to.

The immunization for Whooping Cough is named Tdap,
Tdap Vaccine

which is a combination of Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. A resurgence of the Whooping Cough, also know as Pertussis, has caused the immunization to be required in some states before school attendance is allowed.Whopping Cough starts with the same symptoms of the common cold. Infections last six weeks, spreading from the coughs and sneezes of infected people. Droplets of bacteria travel through the air spreading the disease from person to person.

Whooping Coughing spells in children include coughs ending in a whooping sound. High fever (102 and under) runny nose, and diarrhea are also symptoms of Pertussis. Whooping Cough can cause permanent brain damage in infants. Possible complications include Pneumonia, convulsions, seizure disorders, ear infection, nose bleeds, bleeding in the brain, brain damage, intellectual disability, slowed breath, and death.

The HPV immunization, also know as Gardasil, is recommended for girls and boys 9-26 years of age. The vaccine protects against cervical cancer. Administered in three doses over 8-9 months, the vaccine gives the best protection when given at a young age. The oldest age the vaccine  be received is 26 years old.
Most health insurance providers cover the costs of the HPV vaccine. 

Your childs primary physician, a local health clinic, or neighborhood pharmacy may serve as a convenient way to get your child vaccinated with both Tdap and HPV vaccines. Both vaccines are recommended at sixth grade. Adding these two vaccines to the required school immunizations is a smart and necessary health precaution for your child's immune system.

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