Vaccine for Health Care Professionals
Many health care professionals do not get vaccinated, even though they care for people at higher risk for disease complications.
Getting vaccinated will help you protect yourself, your family and your patients.
- Approximately 50,000 adults die each year from vaccine preventable diseases.
- Adults are 100 times more likely to die from vaccine preventable diseases than children.
- Adults are 25 times more likely to die from varicella than children.
- Each year 40,000 people die from flu and pneumonia; 90 percent of them are over 65 years of age.
- There are 51,000 new cases of hepatitis B a year; 95 percent of new cases are adults.
- Measles during pregnancy increases risk of premature labor, spontaneous abortion and low birth weight babies.
- There is an 85 percent chance of fetal damage if a pregnant woman develops rubella during the first trimester.
- The cost of treating adults for vaccine preventable diseases exceeds 10 billion a year excluding the cost of life.
Check with your employer regarding vaccine availability. Many hospitals and doctor offices offer vaccine free to health care personnel.
Visit the Immunization Clinic Locations webpage for a list of public health centers and satellite immunization clinics. Certain vaccines may not be available at all public health centers and satellite clinics. Call (702) 759-0850 for more information.
Vaccine costs vary based on the type of immunization required. In addition to the vaccine costs, the health district charges an administration fee of $20 per person for one vaccine and $8 for each additional vaccine.
Payment by Visa, MasterCard, cash, debit card, money order, cashier’s check, Anthem Networks, Culinary Insurance, Cigna, Health Plan of Nevada/Sierra Health and Life, Retiree’s Health Trust, Teacher’s Health Trust, Nevada Check-up, Medicaid, and Medicare Part B & D, and Medicare Railroad is accepted. Not all vaccines are covered by insurance.
Note: The credit card holder’s name must match the name on the acceptable photo identification presented. Visit the Accepted Methods of Payment webpage for details on payments and our ID policy.
Recommended Vaccines for Health Care Professionals
Influenza— Annual flu shots are recommended as you can spread the flu without ever having symptoms.
Hepatitis B — Hepatitis B vaccine is recommend if you’re at risk of exposure to blood or body fluid.
Tetanus-Diphtheria (Td) or Tetanus-Diphtheria–Pertussis (Tdap) — Vaccination is recommended every 10 years. However, vaccination is recommended if it has been over 5 years since your last vaccination and you’ve recently been exposed. Replace one dose of Td vaccine with one dose of Tdap vaccine.
Varicella (chickenpox) — Two doses of varicella are recommended one month or more apart. Vaccination not necessary with documented proof of immunity.
Vaccine Information Sheets
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a number of vaccine information sheets providing details of the vaccines required to be administered. Download vaccine information sheets on the VIS webpage.
The health district supports strategies that are designed to strengthen and sustain public health and improve the health of communities through immunization programs. Download the Immunization Program Policy Statement to learn more.
Updated on: October 12, 2018