COURT HOUSE – Freeholder Gerald Thornton announced today that the Cape May County Department of Health will be offering low-cost adult and adolescent vaccines under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) program. “The Department of Health will be able to offer four important disease-preventing vaccines (Gardasil, Meningococcal, Tdap, and Pneumococcal) to County residents, regardless of income or insurance status,” said Thornton.
Health Officer Kevin Thomas added, “The federal funding for these vaccines is time-limited, so they will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis by appointment only. The Department has only a limited supply of each vaccine.” There is no charge for the vaccines, but a vaccine administration fee of $15 per patient will be charged.
Residents should call 463-5144 to schedule an appointment.
Available vaccines include:
Gardasil – This vaccine prevents human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical and other cancers in women as well as genital warts in men and women. HPV vaccine is important because it can prevent most cases of cervical cancer in females, if it is given before a person is exposed to the virus. This vaccine is routinely recommended for girls 11 or 12 years of age, but can be given as early as 9 years and is recommended for women up to age 26 if they haven’t been previously vaccinated. Males 9 through 26 years of age may get HPV vaccine to prevent genital warts. HPV vaccine is given in a three-dose series.