Immunization is the most important thing you can do to prevent death or disability!
Traveling? Working? Attending classes? Health care worker? Day care worker? Sexually active? Factory/construction worker? Live in the residence halls? Share an apartment? To prevent disease get vaccinated before you are exposed.
Don't know your immunization status? We can help.
Call the Health Services at 262-472-1300 for an appointment for a free immunization review. Let us help you find the information and fill out a wallet card you can carry with you so you always know anywhere, anytime.
Immunizations available at UHCS:
The flu shot is available as a shot or a nasally inhaled mist. It is given every year in the fall. The mist can be given to persons age 5-50. You can discuss with a UHCS provider whether this would be an appropriate option for you. Call 472-1300 for an appointment.
This immunization is especially important for those at high risk of serious complications of the disease. That includes:
- People who are 50 years old or older. Even if you are active and in good health, you have a higher risk of complications if you get the flu. Each year about 36,000 people in the U.S. die because of the flu.
- People with chronic (ongoing) or long-term health problems. You may look and feel healthy, but if you have a condition like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or asthma, you are more likely to have complications from the flu. If your immune system is weakened by long-term problems like cancer or HIV/AIDS, you need a flu shot (the flu shot is safe for people with weak immune systems).
- Women who are pregnant during flu season (typically November through March). Pregnant women are at risk of complications and hospitalization if they get the flu. The influenza vaccine is safe for pregnant women and their babies. Protect yourself and your baby by getting vaccinated.
- Children under 5 years old. Children under 5 years old have a high risk of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to flu.
Influenza (flu) is a serious disease of the nose, throat, and lungs. It can make you sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching, and more. And it can lead to pneumonia. You should get your influenza vaccination every year.
If you live with or take care of people at high risk, it is especially important that you get vaccinated too. When you protect yourself, you help protect your family and friends.
Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention More information on influenza and prevention
Given in a series of 3 (if not immunized in childhood) and a booster every 10 years (or 5 years with a dirty cut).
Given as a booster in place of Td. It is recommended that adolescents and adults receive this booster once. It is a combination vaccine to tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).
MMR (Mumps, Measles, Rubella (German or 3 day measles)
Given in a series of 2 doses after 1 year of age, both doses must have been received after 1967. A third shot is not recommended.
This vaccine may not be needed if you have other indication of immunity. This can be discussed with a UHCS provider.
Measles update 4-10-08 see pages 12-13
Given in a series of 3 shots
Recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for all children & adolescents
Recommended for adults at higher risk, including:
- persons having unprotected sex with more than one partner
- health care workers or others with increased risk of blood exposure
- persons who are natives of or spend large amounts of time in areas where Hepatitis B is endemic
- IV drug users
Given in a series of 2 shots.
- People who travel to areas where Hepatitis A is common
- Men who have sex with men
- persons who use street drugs
- Persons with chronic disease
- Person with clotting factor disorders
- Persons needing immunization to both Hepatitis A and B may want to consider a combined vaccine.
Given in a single shot.
The American College Health Association advises that college students, especially first year students living in the residence halls, be immunized. This may be available free at your county Public Health Department to students entering college
HPV vaccine (Gardisil)
Given as a series of three shots.
The vaccine developed to prevent cervical cancer and other diseases in females caused by certain types of genital Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is now available at UHCS for $135 (price subject to change) for each injection. A total of 3 shots is needed over a 6 month period. HPV Vaccine Questions and Answers
Immunizations available at Jefferson County Public Health Services 920-674-7275
Given as a series of 2 shots
Recommended for persons who have not had chickenpox.
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Last Updated: 10/03/11