Immunizations


We provide routine and recommended vaccinations, and travel vaccinations, for all ages. Immunizations are available by appointment; same day appointments often are available. Call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig. 

Immunization costs vary. Please bring your Medicaid, Medicare, CHP+ (Child Health Plan Plus) or other insurance card to the drop in clinic or your appointment. If you do not have your insurance card, full payment will be required. Low cost routine vaccines are available to individuals without insurance.

 

 


Hepatitis

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, often caused by a virus. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either through person-to-person contact or consumption of contaminated food or water. It can cause symptoms including fever, fatigue, nausea and vomiting but does not result in chronic infection. Some international destinations, including Mexico and countries in Central and South America, have high rates of hepatitis. The best way to prevent Hepaitis A is to get vaccinated.

Hepatitis B is transmitted when blood, semen, or another body fluid from an infected person enters the body of someone who is not infected. This can happen through sexual contact; sharing needles, syringes, or other drug-injection equipment; or from mother to baby at birth. For some people, hepatitis B is an acute, or short-term, illness but for others, it can become a long-term, chronic infection. The best way to prevent Hepaitis B is to get vaccinated.

 


Meningococcal disease


Meningitis occurs when meninges, the protective membranes around the brain and spinal cord, become infected and inflamed. Meningococcal disease, caused by a type of bacterial meningitis, often is very severe. Infants and children under five years old and adolescents age 15 to 19 are most at risk. Meningococcal vaccine can help prevent this disease. Learn more.

 

 

 


Travel clinic


We provide yellow fever and other immunizations that are recommended or required for travel to some international destinations. Travel immunizations are available by appointment. Individuals planning to travel abroad should plan to receive any needed vaccinations at least one month prior to travel. To make an appointment for our Travel Clinic, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig.

Please note: Yellow fever vaccine is only available at our Steamboat Springs clinic.

 

 

 


HPV

 

Certain types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause cervical cancer and other cancers in both men and women. HPV is a commonly sexually-transmitted infection. Immunization can help protect against HPV viruses that cause these cancers.

  • HPV vaccination is recommended for youth, teens and young adults ages
         11 to 26.
  • Girls and boys should receive the vaccine (a series of three shots) at ages
         11 or 12, before they are exposed to the virus.
  • Teens and young adults who haven't been vaccinated should still get the vaccine.

 

 


Flu

 

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness sometimes resulting in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year.

 


 

 

 


Why get immunized?

Vaccines have dramatically changed the landscape of infectious diseases. Diseases such as polio, tetanus, Hib, yellow fever and diphtheria – illnesses that have caused tremendous disability and death in the past (and still do in some parts of the world) – are rarely seen in the U.S. Having a highly vaccinated populations helps prevent infections from spreading and protects even those who aren’t vaccinated. Diseases such as the measles are still prevalent in many parts of the world and can be brought to the U.S. by unvaccinated travelers. 
 

Immunization schedules are designed to protect individuals, especially young children, when they are most vulnerable to disease. Following the recommended vaccine schedule for babies and young children protects them against disease before they are likely to be exposed. Adults also should keep up on their vaccinations. Every year thousands of adults suffer serious illness, are hospitalized and even die from diseases for which vaccines are available, including influenza (flu), Hepatitis A and B, meningococcal disease (meningitis) and HPV – which can lead to cervical and other types of cancer. The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) has additional information and resources - including rules, reports and data and forms - about immunizations in this state.

 


Resources

We know there are many questions related to vaccines, their use and safety. It’s always wise to get the facts before you make a decision, especially when it comes to your health. Fortunately, evidence-based research tells us a lot about vaccines. The following are reliable sources of immunization-related information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDPHE Immunization Education Module
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition
GetVaxed.org
Immunization Action Coalition
Immunize for Good
Vaccines.gov
Vaccine Information You Need
Vaccine-Preventable Disease: The Forgotton Story