Vaccinations for teenagers - Grade 7 Students Hepatitis B and Menactra

Grade 7 vaccines:   Hepatitis B and  Meningococcal A,C,W,Y  (Menactra/Menveo)   These vaccines are given during the school year by public  health nurses at Ontario schools.   

Hepatitis B  is given to students who have not had Hepatitis B vaccine previously.   If  he or she has  recieved 3  doses of Hepatitis B vaccine  or  3  doses of Twinrix (Hepatitis A and B) vaccine then he or she wont need  the vaccine givin in grade 7.   Hepatitis B is a disease that leads to jaundice and chronic liver  disease in some patients.  It is transmitted  through blood products and body fluids.  It is highly recommended that teenage people be up to date with Hepatitis B vaccination 

Meningococcal ACWY  (Menactra/Menveo)  is given to Ontario teenagers at no cost in grade 7 .  Invasive  Meningococcal Disease (IMD) is an important cause of sudden onset bacterial blood infections (Septicemia)  leading to Meningitis , disability and death.    IMD mortality is approximately 10%.  Of  IMD survivors 10-20% have long term sequelae including hearing loss, neurologic disabilities and digit or limb amputations Teenagers  and young adults are high risk age groups for this bacterial infection.   

The Centre for Disease  control  recommends a dose of Menactra/Menveo to be given in Grade 7 and  a booster dose in Grade 12 to  boost immunity post secondary school .  We agree and recommend a second  dose of Menactra/Menveo as a booster in Grade 12.  It is not covered by OHIP and is available for a fee at our office. 

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