Department of Health offers a variety of immunizations

vaccination-dr-beals1The New Mexico Department of Health announces its Las Cruces Central Public Health Office at 1170 N. Solano Dr. is accepting appointments for adult immunizations starting August 4 at its Preventive Medicine Clinic.

Immunizations include the Tdap vaccine, recommended for all pregnant women at each pregnancy. Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).

Anyone who is going to be around an infant should also make sure they have been vaccinated with Tdap before coming in contact with an infant. This strategy, known as “cocooning,” was first recommended by CDC in 2006. The principle behind this strategy is that by assuring that everyone around an infant has been vaccinated, the risk of transmission of whooping cough to the vulnerable infant can be reduced.

Other adult vaccinations available include vaccines for hepatitis A/B for at risk persons. There is also a pneumonia vaccination available for residents ages 65 and over or any adult 19 years and older that is a cigarette smoker or has pre-existing respiratory issues such as asthma, lung disease or COPD.

The immunization services within the Preventive Medicine Clinic are available to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 – 7 p.m. Please bring insurance, Medicaid, and/or Medicare cards.

For price information and to make an appointment, call the Las Cruces Central Public Health Office’s Preventive Medicine Clinic at 528-5006.