FREMONT – Many parents are thinking about back-to-school vaccinations for their children, but maybe they should be thinking about their own vaccine status, too.
Adult vaccine rates are statistically low. Adults who have not received or are not up-to-date on their immunizations are not protected. Adults should have a Tdap shot once during their adult life. Then, a Tetanus diphtheria booster every 10 years. The CDC reports that only 62.2% of adults in our country are current on their Tetanus shot. The Hepatitis B vaccine is a series of 3, which became available in the late 1980’s. The CDC reports that only 24.5% of adults have completed the series. The MMR vaccine protects against Measles, Mumps, and Rubella. This vaccine should be given to adults born in 1957 or later with no evidence of immunity. Adults should receive a booster or second dose if they work in the healthcare field, educational institutions, or travel internationally.
If you need an adult vaccine, NENCAP (Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partners) is ready to help. These vaccines are covered through the Nebraska Adult Immunization Program at no charge for people who are uninsured or people who have insurance that does not cover vaccination.
Other vaccines are available, and depend on insurance coverage. For example, the new vaccine against Shingles (Shingrix) is available to those with private insurance.
If you think you may be due for any of these vaccine call Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership to schedule an appointment. The Central Office can be contacted at (402) 385-6300 or the South Sioux City office can be reached at (402) 494-1429. Appointments can be made for traveling clinics hosted across our 14 county service area.