Vaccines

River City OBGYN subscribes to the belief that prevention is one of the most powerful ways to ensure long-term health and wellness. Vaccines are smart, effective tools for avoiding illness and providing peace of mind.  Specifically for our OB/GYN clientele, we offer the following vaccines:

  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
    • Appropriate for girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26, Gardasil is a vaccine that protects against four different strains of the virus that causes genital warts, and precancerous and cancerous lesions on the cervix, vagina, and vulva. The vaccine is administered as a series of three injections given over a six-month period. No boosters are necessary.
  • Tdap
    • Tetanus, Diptheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough) are easily preventable diseases that can all be avoided with a single vaccine. Though typically given in childhood, boosters are recommended every 10 years for tetanus and are strongly recommended for those who will be with very young children and babies, or work in the health care field.
  • Hepatitis A
    • This viral liver disease can be obtained through contaminated food and drink or from close contact with an infected person. Hepatitis A often shows up in clusters or mini-epidemics and can be extremely uncomfortable. Fever, nausea, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), vomiting, fatigue, and similar symptoms can last 3 or 4 months, or longer without treatment. The vaccine is administered as a 2-part injection within a six-month period.
  • Hepatitis B
    • Like Hepatitus A, Hepatitus B attacks the liver and causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, jaundice, muscle pain and achiness, abdominal pain, and fever. Hepatitus B is also known to cause liver damage, liver cancer, or even death. It is primarily spread through contact with blood or body fluids of an infected person. Sexual transmission, shared intravenous drug needles, or other exposure to infected fluids are all ways the disease is spread. The vaccine is a 3-part injection administered over a six-month time period.
  • Influenza
    • The Flu changes almost every year. Sometimes the virus mutates or changes. Other times, a new strain of influenza becomes more prevalent in an area or within a population. Because the flu is a virus, it cannot be resolved with antibiotics. This is why health care providers recommend a yearly flu shot prior to the peak of cold and flu season. You can get your flu shot right here in our offices during your next visit, or you may make an appointment at your convenience.