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Saranac Lake Office

Redfield Medical Office Building
2249 State Route 86, Suite 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: 518-891-3845
Fax: 518-891-1236

Hours: Monday - Friday 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM

Tupper Lake Office

7 Stetson Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Phone: 518-359-7222
Fax: 518-359-7664

Hours: Vary depending on physician's schedule

Adult Immunizations

Hep A: Hepatitis A vaccine #

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing HAV. Hepatitis A can cause mild flu-like illness, jaundice (yellow skin or eyes), severe stomach pains and diarrhea. People with hepatitis A often have to be hospitalized (up to about 1 person in 5). Sometimes, hepatitis A causes death (about 100 per year in the U.S.). A person who has hepatitis A can easily pass the disease to others within the same household.

Hep B: Hepatitis B vaccine #

Hepatitus B virus (HBV) can cause short term (acute) illnesses that lead to loss of appetite, tiredness, pain in joints, muscles and stomach, diarrhea and vomiting and jaundice.

It can also cause long term (chronic) illness that leads to liver damage, liver cancer and death.

HPV: Vaccine for Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) #

Genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually-transmitted virus in the United States. More than half of sexually active men and women are infected with HPV at some time in their lives. Most HPV infections don’t cause any symptoms, and go away on their own. But HPV can cause cervical cancer in women.

Influenza Vaccines: Vaccines for influenza #

Influenza - Anyone can get influenza, but rates of infection are highest among children. For most people, it lasts only a few days. It can cause fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills, fatigue, and muscle aches. Some people, such as infants, elderly, and those with certain health conditions, can get much sicker. Flu can cause high fever and pneumonia, and make existing medical conditions worse. It can cause diarrhea and seizures in children. On average, 226,000 people are hospitalized every year because of influenza and 36,000 die—mostly elderly. Influenza viruses are always changing. Because of this, influenza vaccines are updated every year, and an annual vaccination is recommended.

There are two types of seasonal influenza vaccine:

  • Inactivated influenza vaccine, sometimes called the “flu shot”, is given by injection.
  • Live Influenza vaccine (LAIV) contains live but attenuated (weakened) influenza virus. It is sprayed into the nostrils.

Pneumovax: Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine #

Pneumococcal disease is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. It is a leading cause of vaccine-preventable illness and death in the United States. Pneumococcal disease can lead to serious infections of the lungs (pneumonia), blood (bacteremia) and covering of the brain (meningitis). Pneumococcal pneumonia kills about 1 out of 20 people who get it. Bacteremia kills about 1 person in 5, and meningitis about 3 people in 10.

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, including those most likely to cause serious disease.

Td or Tdap: Tetanus-Diptheria Vaccine or Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis Vaccine #

Tetanus (Lockjaw) causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in 1 out of 10 cases.

Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat that can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and possibly death.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) causes severe coughing spells which can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting, and disturbed sleep.  Up to 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications, including pneumonia and death.

Depending on several factors, including your age and vaccine history, you may be offered the Td vaccine (Tetanus-Diptheria) or the Tdap vaccine (Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis).

Zostavax: Shingles vaccine #

Shingles is a painful skin rash, often with blisters. Its main symptom is pain, which can be quite severe. Other symptoms can include fever, headache, chills and upset stomach. Very rarely, a shingles infection can lead to pneumonia, hearing problems, blindness, brain inflammation (encephalitis) or death.

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