Just get those immunizations soon

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  1. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    DD #2 spent the afternoon on Friday finalizing all her in-processing medical requirements. She got of lucky, only having to get PPD, Menigitis, Hep A and Yellow Fever.
    Found out Hep A is not common and had to be ordered. Only a few travel clinics carry Yellow Fever and the Meningitis vaccine runs in short supply this time of year (since it's a requirement for most college students).
    She felt pretty wiped out Friday night and had very sore arms on Saturday. Her arms are still tender today, but energy level is up.
    She is very happy to have all those shots out of the way :thumb:
     
  2. fairwinds

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    Son was up-to-date with all immunizations and we are going to have him get Yellow Fever shot at CGA; however, in filling out the forms, our pediatrician noticed that he had to have a polio shot within one year of entrance to the Academy. I totally missed that, so he's going on Thursday to get the polio shot.
     
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    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    the form does state as you said:
    Polio - one dose within one year of entrance to USCGA

    As long as they have the childhood series they should be good to go
     
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    USNA1982BGO,

    I think the wording of that paragraph is a little confusing...maybe our doctor's wrong.

    It says:

    (5) Polio -- One dose of IPV must be received within one year of entrance to the Academy. If childhood series has not been completed, the IPV catch-up schedule as published by the CDC is to be followed.

    Our doctor took that to mean he needed the shot within a year, even if all his shots were up to date. I hope we're not getting him an extra shot for no reason!!!
     
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    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    These are different forms this year. My wife is making another call tomorrow. The wording is very confusing and our clinic can't make heads or tails as to why another Polio dose is required (the one they are stating is an Inactive Polio).
    Another confusing item on the form was that there is no real space for the doc to write that the PPD was administered or the official results, only if they have ever had a positive test. One other item was the suggestion to get Yellow Fever if possible, BUT that it must be administered >4 weeks before they get to the Academy since it is a live vaccine.
    Just reminds me of the good ole days on active duty; just gotta decipher the system :rolleyes:
     
  6. hopeful1

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    Our doctor decided that they meant the additional polio within the year preceding entrance also. Son had his done two weeks ago along with wisdom teeth extractions. Talk about a rough week:frown: They were trying to get them all in asap since there is something in the paperwork about a 30 day timeline for having live virus vaccines. He had the Hep A ( which had to be ordered) first dose. He will get the second dose at CGA. He also had the polio, meng. and the varicella booster. Our doctor gave us a heads up that insurance may not pay for all of the "extra" shots since they are not state health dept requirement. He also got his TB test. The yellow fever along with the second round of Hep A will await him at CGA. The first round made his arms sore,but after the "good stuff" from the wisdom teeth extractions, the arms didn't hurt so bad:yllol:
     
  7. bearintheair

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    Required immunizations and PPD

    I just got off the phone with the nurse at USCGA clinic. You do not have to get a PPD. PPD will be done at the academy. They just want to know if you have a positive PPD so that they do not repeat the PPD and get a reaction. If you have a positive PPD they want to know if you received treatment for it. Regarding immunizations, they will give any missing immunizations but they recommend that immunizations be given now so that the swabs do not have sore arms. Yellow fever vaccine is not commonly stocked in doctors offices and may be available at your county health department The cost for yellow fever vaccine at our health department is $91. IPV Polio vaccine is also required, one dose after age 18 or within past year. Son will get shots this week. If Hep A,B, Meningitis, Varicella have been done for high school you should be ok on these.

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    Get those immunizations

    Went to county health department intending to get 2 immunizations (Yellow Fever and IPV), walked out with son getting 6. It turns out the his second Hep A was given a month after the first and therefore didn't count. He had previously received Td but not TDap so he got TDap. He was also given H1N1 and HPV Gardisil. These were all given by the county health department at no charge. We only had to pay for the Yellow Fever. To my surprise they are now giving HPV vaccine to boys. I am not sure whether this will be offered by USCGA but if you can get at no cost at your health department it may be worthwhile to do. It is not a live vaccine so there is time to get 2 doses prior to R-Day. HPV is not required by USCGA.
     
  9. USNA1982BGO

    USNA1982BGO Retired Staff Member

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    Could they possibly make things any more difficult or confusing? :confused:
    DD received the Immunization Record Form from USCGA, I made the call and now what others are saying we obviously got bad gouge.
    The clinic here in CT where she received her shots insisted that she receive a TB test (under-skin injection) since the childhood one was a TB tine test (they wouldn't sign the form stating she had never been reactive without it) and they would NOT administer the Polio (IPV) since she is a year away from her 18th birthday (yep, she just turned 17, imagine she'll be one of the youngest in the class).
    She did receive the Yellow Fever, Meningococcal and Hep A (2nd dose to be given in November). Nice thing was they did fill out an International Certificate of Vaccination for the Yellow Fever and transcribe all her vaccinations onto the good ole yellow folded card :thumb:
    Glad my wife takes care of all of this!
     

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