Vaccine Clinics

posted Feb 23, 2015, 7:19 AM by Adam Gress

School Located Vaccine Clinics Scheduled for 6th and 12th Grades

As kids get older, protection from some childhood diseases begins to wear off.  Boosters are needed to prolong protection.  Plus, older kids are at risk for diseases that could affect them throughout their lifetime.  Vaccines protect not only the health of adolescents, but their friends, families and communities!

Spencer Hospital-Clay County Public Health and Avera Medical Group Spencer are teaming up to offer  three important adolescent vaccines to all county 6th and 12th graders:

  • Tdap (Boostrix) - Boosts immunity against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).  Pertussis cases have been on the rise in recent years partially due to protection levels that have diminished since kindergarten vaccinations.

  • Meningococcal (Menactra) – Protects against certain types of bacterial meningitis.  A dose is recommended at age 11-12 and again at age 16-18.  Many colleges now require this vaccine.

  • HPV (Gardasil) – Prevents infections and cancers caused by Human papillomavirus (HPV).  75% of cervical cancers are caused by two types of HPV.  Both are covered by the vaccine.  Doses #1 and #2 of this three-dose series will be offered at school.   Dose #3 may be scheduled with your healthcare provider or public health.  For more detailed information on the HPV vaccine visit:

This school-based clinic will take place on Friday, March 20th.  For those receiving the HPV vaccine series, dose #2 will be given at school on Friday, April 24th.  A letter/consent form and information about each vaccine will be sent to the student’s home.  Vaccinations will not be given without a signed consent form.  

Consider this convenient opportunity to bring your student up to date with these important vaccinations!  For more information, please call Colette Rossiter RN at 712-264-6468 or email