The CDC currently recommends the routine immunization against HPV for teenage girls beginning at 11 years of age. HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus, is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. While most infections are asymptomatic and up to 90% resolve in 1-2 years, some infections lead to genital warts and others lead to a chronic infection placing a woman at risk for cervical cancer. To read more about the HPV vaccine, feel free to access the CDC website directly.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has now recommended a second or booster dose for Varicella for children and teenagers who have never had chicken pox. Please contact our office for specific details on your child’s immunizations status and when to get the second Varicella vaccine. To read more about the AAP recommendations and other information about vaccines, visit the AAP website.
The New 7th-12th Grade California Whooping Cough Immunization Law
This new requirement will help protect your child and others in your school and community from whooping cough. Whooping cough is a serious disease that causes coughing fits that can last for months. It can be deadly for infants. In recent years, whooping cough has been increasing in the United States. In 2010, whooping cough was widespread in California. Please call our office to schedule an appointment for your child to receive the booster of this vaccine if you have not already done so.
If your child is a patient at SEBPMG, is over 10 years of age, and has had a physical well exam in our office at age 10 or older, it is likely that he/she has received the vaccine, known as “Adacel.” Please check with our office before seeking an unnecessary vaccine elsewhere. If you do choose to receive the Tdap vaccine elsewehre, please notify us so that we may keep accurate records of your child’s vaccinations.
We are fully stocked with this vaccine for our pediatric patients. Public Health Department information below will tell adults where to get the Pertussis (Whooping Cough) vaccine if it is unavailable through your private Primary Care Provider: