3:50 p.m., March 29, 2013

Get up to date on your vaccines

Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department will honor Public Health Week by offering vaccinations for uninsured and underinsured adults at Laramie County Community College on Thursday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The vaccines will be Tdap (Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal). A suggested donation of $14 a shot will be requested. The Human Papillomavirus Vaccine’s cost will be donated by the Cancer Resource Center in Cheyenne.

The cost of all three (including three doses of HPV during a six-month period) at a private physician’s office would be more than $500. The department will offer these through a special program for individuals without insurance to cover the vaccine.

HPV is being offered in conjunction with Wyoming Cancer Resource Services (CRMC) as the vaccine can prevent cervical cancer. Young adults ages 19-26 are eligible for this vaccine if they have no insurance or their insurance will not cover the vaccine. Tdap is offered to any adult from age 19 on, who has not had a dose with the pertussis (whooping cough) component. Pregnant women are now encouraged to have a Tdap in their third trimester of pregnancy to pass antigens against pertussis to their infant. MCV4 prevents bacterial meningitis and is highly recommended for college students living in dormitories.

For more information about the Vaccine For Uninsured Adults Program or other services offered by Cheyenne-Laramie County Health Department, call 307-633-4098 or visit its website at http://webgate.co.laramie.wy.us.