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Influenza (flu) is a very contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of influenza can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. (Source: CDC).

Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): Inactive & Live Flu:

MMWR 2015-16 influenza season

 IAC Influenza-make sure your child is protected

Adolescent Immunizations

Close the door to cancer video  
Source: CDC

Table for Meningococcal groups covered

Trade nameType of Vaccine
Meningococcal Serogroups Covered
Menactra®Polysaccharide conjugateA, C, W, Y
Polysaccharide conjugateC, Y (and Haemophilus influenzae type b [Hib])
A, C, W, Y
Menveo®Polysaccharide conjugateA, C, W, Y

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) 

Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Td is a booster vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria. It does not protect against pertussis.

 (Source Web MD)

VIS Statement for Tdap


The meningococcal vaccine protects you from four types of bacteria that cause meningococcal disease. This illness can cause meningitis, an infection of the lining around the brain or spinal cord. It can also cause a blood infection (meningococcal bacteremia), pneumonia, and other problems. Ten percent to 15% of people who are infected with the disease die from it, even if they were treated with antibiotics. As many as 20% of those who survive may have lasting problems such as hearing loss, brain damage, seizures, or loss of limbs. (Source: WebMD)

Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): ACWY & B
What is Meningococcal disease?

MMWR Updated recommend for use of MCV4 Jan 28, 2011

MMWR Serogroup B Meningococcal

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) HPV

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the virus that causes cervical cancer in women and genital warts in men and women. The HPV vaccine effectively prevents infection with the HPV types responsible for most cervical cancers and can also prevent genital warts. HPV vaccination is most effective during childhood or adolescence, but adults can also benefit from the HPV vaccine. (Source Web MD)

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS): Cervarix, Gardasil, Gardasil-9:

MMWR Use of 9valent HPV Aug 29, 2014

IAC HPV: A parents guide to pre-teen:

CDC 9Valent HPV vaccine guidance:

Updated use in males 16-26 
Recommendation for routine use of 9vHPV in males age 21 through 26 years is pending ACIP approval.

FDA approves HPV vaccine for males ages 16-26

HPV toolkit (AAP)

Photo below shows how influenza germs are spread Shows how influenza germs spread through the air when someone coughs Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Radar 30-Second Spot

Just a reminder to keep preteen and teen vaccines on YOUR Radar!
Source: CDC
This  fun ad reminds you that shots aren't  just for babies—preteens and teens need vaccines,

too. But with everything else we have going on; we all need a reminder to keep it on our radar.