Teenagers: Sports physicals and immunizations

Bonner County Daily Bee

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 – 10:06:17 am PDT

The physicians, nurses, and support staff of Sandpoint offer a sports physical clinic twice a year for the athletes of our community.

The clinic is an excellent, inexpensive way to meet the state requirements for a physical exam to play any school-sponsored sport in middle school or high school.

The state of Idaho requires a physical exam at seventh grade, ninth grade, and eleventh grade. The sports physical clinic meets this requirement by examining all athletes, checking blood pressure, height and weight, and reviewing immunizations.

The athletes best suited to have their exams done in this clinic should not have any chronic diseases such as diabetes, severe asthma, or any other disease best managed by their own personal physician, who can also fill out their sports participation form.

Many parents are unaware of the need for immunizations for their teenagers.

Over the years there has been an ability to decrease many life threatening illnesses by routine immunizations, and this is also true for the adolescent population. A brief review of the shots available for teens follows.

A combination vaccine covering tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) is routinely given to all babies and at kindergarten age.

There is now a very effective booster shot for these diseases recommended for all children age 11-12 and older, called TdaP (pronounced “tee-dap”).  All teens who have not received a TdaP should be given this booster, which is good for 10 years.

Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the lining of the brain, which causes brain damage and death.

A vaccine against the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis is available for teens and is a one-time shot for all those over 11 years old.

Hepatitis A vaccines are now routinely given to young children to prevent a viral infection of the liver caught from contaminated food or water.  Teenagers missed this vaccine and should receive the series of 2 shots spaced 6 months apart, which will give lasting immunity.

All children need 2 doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and varicella (chicken pox).  If these were not given during early childhood, they should be given during the teen years.

And the Gardasil vaccine against human papilloma virus, which causes cervical cancer and genital warts, has now been approved for both boys and girls in the teen years.  This is a series of three vaccines given over 6 months with lasting immunity.

All teenagers attending the sports physical clinics should bring their immunization records with them.  We will have all these vaccines available that evening.

The clinics will be held Wednesday, May 26, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6-9 p.m. at the Family Health Center in the Pinegrove Medical Building, 606 N. Third Ave., Suite 101, Sandpoint.

The cost is $10 per athlete, and all money collected is donated to the athletic department for medical supplies.

Dr. Joyce Gilbert, M.D. is a medical staff member at Bonner General Hospital.


Scary stuff- uninformed physicians inoculating the very age group and demographic of young women who are dropping dead from this vaccine.

BTW did you read anywhere about parents being present?  How many will show up – because it will be the cool thing to do – another opportunity to hang with friends – get vaccinated and not tell their parents…or tell them after the fact.?

To the Editor:
I tried many times to post my comment to this article with no avail. So I am writing to you directly in the hopes that you will post my comment or submit it as a Letter to the Editor.
I agree with the woman who commented about the Gardasil vaccine immunity lasting only 5 years.  The research/documentation is easy to find – vaccine immunity will have waned long before these girls are even at risk for cervical cancer….so then what pump them up with another series of 3 shots every 5 years – for the rest of their lives?  How insane is that – especially since there are 99 strains of HPV and more HPV vaccines in the pipeline…

But here is the real deal…most of the girls who have suffered adverse reactions to the vaccine; approx. 18,000 and the 69 who died (according the the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) – were highly competitive athletes and scholars – at the top of their game. For some reason this vaccine series affects these girls more than others. And their lives have been destroyed.  Some are paralyzed – others have autoimmune diseases and seizures – many have had to drop out of school – and are just resigned that they will always be sick.
I can also foresee parents of the teens getting inoculated not knowing that their child is off to a teen sports physical clinic and getting immunized at the same time.  Teens will be going to “hang out” with their friends.  Where is the parental consent?  Are these teens educated enough to know about vaccine risks and dangers to even sign a consent?

If the doctor in this community does not – than I dare say the people who live in Sand Point do not as well.

For more information about the dangers of Gardasil go to
TruthAboutGardasil.org – http://truthaboutgardasil.org.
Educate before you vaccinate.

Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.