Immunization is one of the most important ways to protect individuals and communities against serious infectious diseases and their consequences. Widespread immunization has virtually eliminated many serious diseases - such as polio, measles, meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenza type B (Hib), congenital rubella, diphtheria, and smallpox - that were once responsible for millions of infections and thousands of deaths each year.
Shots aren’t just for kids. In fact, some shots are more important for adults - especially as they grow older. Each year, 70,000 people die and many more suffer needlessly from vaccine-preventable illnesses. Please contact us for more information, cost, and an appointment at 970-725-3288.
The following Adult vaccines are available through the Public Health nurse:
- Hepatitis A: This two-shot series is recommended for any adult who may be exposed to someone with the disease, which includes infants and small children who usually show no symptoms of the disease. Hepatitis A is also recommended for travellers to high-risk areas outside the U.S.
- Hepatitis B: This three-shot series is now recommended for all children and adolescents. It is also recommended for adults who may be exposed to the virus through infected blood, unprotected intercourse, and needle sharing, have contact with infected persons or exposure to areas where it is very common such as Alaska, the Pacific Islands, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and the Amazon Basin.
- Tetanus / diphtheria / pertussis: (combined as one-shot) Adults should get a booster shot every 10 years, and if they receive a severe cut or puncture wound.
- Pneumococcal: This vaccine is available for high risks persons who are not covered by insurance and are not eligible for Medicare. People at risk include smokers and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Annual Flu Vaccine
Each fall, beginning in September, Grand County Public Health offers a variety of flu vaccines, including high dose for people over 65, nasal mist for people 2-49 years old, and infant vaccines for babies 6 months old and older.