Is the meningococcal vaccine expensive?

Most insurance companies cover the meningococcal ACWY vaccine. Ask your doctor about the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program, which provides vaccines for children ages 18 and younger who are uninsured and Medicaid-eligible.

Why does my son or daughter need the flu vaccine?

Influenza is an illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It spreads easily and quickly when infected people cough or sneeze. The flu can be mild or severe and, in some cases, cause death. It’s important for children to receive the flu vaccine not only to protect themselves, but to protect others whose bodies may not be able to fight the virus, including infants, the elderly and people with chronic health problems.

Why does my son or daughter need vaccines?

Preteens and teens are at risk for diseases and need the protection of vaccines to keep them healthy. As kids get older, protection from some childhood vaccines begins to wear off and some vaccines work better when given during adolescence.

Why does my son or daughter need the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine protects against most of the cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. HPV is a very common virus that spreads through sexual contact. Approximately 14 million people become infected each year. HPV can cause cancers of the anus, cervix, vagina, vulva, penis, mouth and throat. It is recommended that both boys and girls receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before ever being exposed.

Will the flu shot give my son or daughter the flu?

You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. The immunization may cause mild symptoms, like soreness and a low fever, but that is not influenza. These symptoms usually go away a day or two after vaccination.

Why does my son need the HPV vaccine?

The HPV vaccine protects against most of the cancers caused by the human papillomavirus. HPV is a very common virus that spreads through sexual contact. HPV is a very common virus; Approximately 14 million men and women become infected each year. HPV can cause penile, anal and throat cancer, as well as genital warts in males. It is recommended that both boys and girls receive the vaccine at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before ever being exposed.

Is the flu shot safe?

The flu vaccine has been studied very carefully and is safe. The CDC and FDA continue to monitor the safety of vaccines including all the influenza vaccinations available annually (as with each year the prevalence of different strains change). The CDC uses 3 systems to monitor the safety of vaccines including the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), Vaccines Safety Datalink (VSD), and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project (CISA). The immunization may cause mild symptoms, like soreness and a low fever, but that is not influenza. These symptoms usually go away a day or two after vaccination. You cannot get the flu from the flu shot.

Is the HPV vaccine safe?

Yes. HPV vaccines have been carefully studied and monitored for many years with no serious safety concerns. Since the HPV vaccine was approved in 2006, more than 80 million doses have been administered. The most common side effect reported was pain and swelling at the shot location in the arm, fever, dizziness and nausea. These side effects are the same for most vaccines. Children with severe allergies to yeast or latex should not get certain HPV vaccines. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse about any allergies.

Should my son or daughter get the shot in the arm or nasal spray for their flu vaccine?

Both types of flu shot have been studied carefully and are safe. The CDC and FDA continue to monitor the safety of vaccines including all the influenza vaccinations available annually (as with each year the prevalence of different strains change). The CDC uses 3 systems to monitor the safety of vaccines including the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), Vaccines Safety Datalink (VSD), and the Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project (CISA). Talk to your doctor about which one is best for your child. Children, preteens and teens with chronic health conditions, like asthma, diabetes, or heart disease should NOT get the nasal spray vaccine and instead get the injectable (shot).