Immunizations / Screenings: Vaccines for Adults and Children
The Trumbull Health Department offers many adult and child vaccines throughout the year.
Vaccines offered for children are:
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Meningcoccal ACWY
Vaccines offered for Adults:
Other screenings available:
Please call the Trumbull Health Department at (203) 452-1030 for the vaccine cost and to schedule an appointment.
Regional Travel Vaccine Clinics: Local Clinics offering Travel Immunizations for individuals who require vaccination for travel abroad.
Pneumovax Vaccine (Prevnar 13 & Pneumovax 23)
Most adults 65 years of age and older are probably aware of the recommendation to get their pneumonia shot but there are two different types of pneumococcal pneumonia immunizations (Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax) and both are available at the Trumbull Health Department.
Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact. It can cause ear infections and can also lead to more serious infections of the:
• Lungs (pneumonia),
• Blood (bacteremia), and
• Covering of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis). Meningitis can cause deafness and brain damage and it can be fatal.
Prevnar 13, as the number implies, protects against 13 strains of pneumococcal disease. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that adults 65 years of age or older receive a single dose of Prevnar 13 in addition to the Pneumovax.
Prevnar 13 should be given first and the Pneumovax a year later. If a person has already had a dose of Pneumovax, the Prevnar 13 should not be given sooner than one year.
Pneumovax vaccine, also known as PPSV23, is recommended for all adults 65 years or older. This vaccine protects against 23 different strains of pneumococcal pneumonia. A second dose of Pneumovax is given if the first dose was administered before the age of 65. The two shots must be separated by five years.
For an appointment, or for more information about any of the vaccines, call (203) 452-1030. The Pneumonia vaccines are covered by Medicare Part B. Please bring your insurance cards and a valid driver license/State ID with you.
Pneumonia Vaccines FAQs: What Everyone Should Know from the CDC
Shingles Vaccine is also now available. If you had chickenpox as a child the Trumbull Health Department recommends you receive the shingles vaccine. Currently in the U.S., 1 million people get shingles every year and about one out of every three people will get shingles in their lifetime. Shingles, also known as zoster or herpes zoster, is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox you are at risk of getting shingles. The vaccine is recommended for those who are 60 years of age or older.
For an appointment to get your vaccine, or for more information about any of the vaccines the Trumbull Health Department, call (203) 452-1030.
Tdap, the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine is recommended for anyone 11 years of age or older or family members or caregivers of an infant younger than 12 months of age. This vaccine contains the pertussis component not included with the traditional TD vaccine that is recommended every ten years throughout life. Pertussis (also called whooping cough) is a respiratory disease that is very dangerous for infants. Even though pertussis is not as serious for adults, adults can pass it on to infants. In these young children, pertussis can cause severe coughing, difficulty breathing, seizures, lead to other serious respiratory infections and even death. To prevent the spread of pertussis, families and caregivers of infants should get vaccinated with the Tdap vaccine. The vaccine for eligible adolescents and adults is offered at no cost through a state and federal program but an administration of $21 applies. Only one dose of Tdap is recommended. For an appointment or more information about pertussis and the Tdap vaccine, call the Trumbull Health Department at (203) 452-1030, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/