VACCINE UPDATE (MENACTRA AND GARDASIL)
The CDC has now recommended that a booster for meningococcal meningitis vaccine (Menactra or Menevo) be given between 16 – 18 years old. Currently most adolescents receive their first dose at the 11 year old health check. Please call the office to see if your child is up to date.
Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus) has now been recommended for boys 11- 26 years of age. This vaccine in addition to preventing cervical and vaginal cancer in females will prevent the occurrence of genital warts in males. Also recent evidence has come to light that this vaccine will be useful in preventing certain types of head and neck cancer in adults (HPV is the cause of some head and neck cancers). Call the office for information.