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Vaccinations

Hepatitis A immunizations are given in a series of two injections.  After the first dose is given,
the second dose is given six months after the first dose.  We will send the employer a copy of
each vaccination record to assist in tracking which employees are in the midst of the series and
which employees have completed the series.

Hepatitis B immunizations are given in a series of three injections.  After the first dose is given,
the second dose is given one month later, and the third dose is given six months after the first
dose.  We will send the employer a copy of each vaccination record to assist in tracking which
employees are in the midst of the series and which employees have completed the series.
Once the series is complete an employee may have his/her blood drawn for Hepatitis B Surface
antibodies to check for an adequate and protective immune response to the vaccine series.

Individuals who have previously been vaccinated could also have a titer drawn to preclude the
need for re-immunization.

Why do I need a flu shot? 

Vaccination against flu can prevent you from becoming ill with flu.  Importantly, it reduces hospitalizations and death, especially if you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, lung, or heart disease.  By getting a flu shot, you will also be protecting the people around you who are more vulnerable to the effects of flu (such as the very young and the elderly).

 

How am I protected with this vaccine? 

The annual flu vaccine provides protection against the four viruses scientists predict will be most common each season.

 

What should I expect at my appointment? 

Flu shots are given in the upper arm.  Some people experience soreness at the injection site later that same day.  Some people experience mild headache, fever, or muscle aches for 1-2 days after receiving the injection.

Why do I need a meningitis immunization? 

Laboratory workers, healthcare workers, pharmacists, and hospital personnel who have potential contact with meningitis bacteria or patients infected with meningitis should be immunized.  Vaccination against meningitis can prevent you from becoming ill with a potentially life-threatening infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord.

 

How am I protected with this vaccine? 

Two doses of meningococcal vaccine will provide protection from infection as well as from the serious long-term effects of meningitis.

 

What should I expect at my appointment? 

Meningitis shots are given in the upper arm.  Commonly, people experience soreness or redness at the injection site which lasts for 1-2 days.  More rarely, some people will have a mild fever following meningitis vaccination.

Why do I need a MMR booster or immunization? 

Healthcare workers are frequently exposed to transmissible diseases.  Vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella can prevent you from becoming ill with these serious diseases.  Measles is potentially life-threatening, mumps may lead to meningitis or sterility, and rubella may cause birth defects.  Vaccination also helps limit the spread of these diseases to other people.

 

How am I protected with this vaccine? 

A single MMR booster is recommended for adults born later than 1956 to prevent infection with measles, mumps, and rubella.   

 

What should I expect at my appointment? 

MMR shots are given in the upper arm.  Some people will get a fever following vaccination with MMR, or, rarely, a mild rash. 

Why do I need a tetanus booster or immunization? 

Vaccination against Tetanus can prevent you from becoming seriously ill after getting a cut or wound.

 

How am I protected with this vaccine? 

A Tetanus booster generally offers 10 years of protection from infection, although very deep or complicated wounds may require a booster after 5 years.  The “Tdap” vaccine is a single shot that contains 3 vaccines which protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis. “Td” is a single shot that contains 2 vaccines which protect against Tetanus and Diphtheria.

 

What should I expect at my appointment? 

Tetanus shots are given in the upper arm.  It is common to experience soreness at the injection site for 1-2 days.

Why do I need a rabies vaccine? 

Individuals who work with wild animals or the tissues of wild animals that may be infected with the rabies virus should be vaccinated.  In California, common rabid animals include:  bats, skunks, and foxes.

 

How am I protected with this vaccine? 

When the series of 3 rabies vaccines has been completed, you will have antibodies to the rabies virus.  A blood test is done 6 weeks after your last injection to confirm that you are immune to rabies.

 

Do I still need emergency care if I get bitten? 

Yes.  If you have already been vaccinated, you will only require 2 additional rabies vaccines.  Anyone not previously vaccinated will require 5 injections.

 

What should I expect at my appointment? 

Rabies vaccines are given in the upper arm, like a flu shot.  Some people experience soreness at the injection site later that same day.

Why do I need a Yellow Fever booster or immunization? 

Vaccination against yellow fever can prevent you from becoming seriously ill with the yellow fever virus spread by mosquitos.  Infection with yellow fever can cause organ failure and in serious cases, death.

 

How am I protected with this vaccine? 

Yellow Fever vaccine offers 10 years of protection from infection with yellow fever virus.

 

What should I expect at my appointment? 

Yellow fever shots are given in the upper arm.  Some people experience soreness or redness at the injection site, fever, and aches after the shot which may last for several days. 

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