Vaccines are one of the public health’s greatest triumphs. With the exception of safe water, no other health strategy, not even antibiotics, has had such a tremendous effect on reducing disease and improving health. However, vaccine-preventable diseases and deaths still occur in persons of all ages in the US.
Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that once routinely killed or harmed tens of thousands of infants, children and adults.
Did you know that Adults require routine tetanus boosters every 10 years?
Montclair Health Department offers low cost immunizations for residents of Montclair, Cedar Grove, Verona, Nutley, and Belleville. Registered Nurses under the supervision of a physician administer the vaccines for protection against:
• Measles, Mumps, Rubella, (German Measles)
• Tetanus & Diphtheria
• Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis
• Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
Some of these immunizations are also recommended for travelers to foreign countries. The immunizations will be offered at the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Ave., 3rd flr in the Health Department. Please call (973) 509-4980 for an appointment.
Shingles is a disease caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Once you have had chicken pox, the virus remains in your nervous system for many years and can reactivate to cause shingles. Shingles causes a blistering rash on one side of the body that can be very painful. The rash can last up to 30 days and the resulting pain can last from months to years. More than 43 million adults over the age of 60 in the US are at risk for shingles. There are about 1 million new cases per year, half of which are in people 60 and over.
There is now a vaccine for adults 60 years and older to help prevent shingles. It is called Zostavax and is manufactured by MERCK & Co., Inc. It is given by a single dose injection. The vaccine is most effective in preventing shingles in the 60-69 age group. In the 70-79 age group, it is most effective in preventing pain from shingles. The most frequently reported side effects related to the vaccine were headache and injection site reactions such as redness, tenderness.
This vaccine is available at the Montclair Health Department Adult Immunization Clinic. The cost of the vaccine is $175. Many health plans have approved reimbursement for Zostavax including Medicare Part D. Depending on your Medicare Part D coverage; you may just be charged a co-pay. Merck makes this vaccine available, free of charge, to eligible individuals who are uninsured and cannot afford vaccines.
Please call the Montclair Health Department at 973-509-4974 for further information about the vaccine or to put your name on the reserved list. Many other adult vaccines are available at the Montclair Health Department including Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and meningitis vaccine, some of which are recommended for travel. Visit http://http://www.cdc.gov// for vaccine travel information.