Immunizations and Vaccines
Immunizations are recommended because they protect against diseases (give immunity) and make a disease less severe if it is contracted. Immunizations should start with newborns, through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have about immunizations and vaccines and can provide you with the recommended protection at any age.
Immunizations have saved millions of lives over the years and have prevented hundreds of millions of cases of disease. Immunization of children not only protects them from very serious diseases but it also protects their friends and classmates from the same diseases, protects future generations and helps rid the world of diseases.
Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations (CDC Publication)
Your need for immunizations does not end when you reach adulthood. The specific shots (injections) you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, gender, lifestyle, type and locations of travel, overall health, and previous immunizations. Tetanus and diphtheria shots need to be repeated every 10 years throughout adulthood in order to keep your immunity.
Influenza (Flu) Vaccines
The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus. In the U.S., flu outbreaks typically occur in winter months. Symptoms include fever, chills, sore muscles and cough. Thousands of people in the U.S. die each year from the flu or its complications. Most of those who die are the elderly, young children or people with compromised immune systems.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone who wants to reduce their risk of the flu can get a flu vaccine. The flu vaccine is approved for anyone older than 6 months of age.
Some people have a higher risk of the disease. You should be vaccinated each year if you:
• Are 50 years of age or older
• Have chronic lung or heart disease
• Have sickle cell anemia and other hemoglobinopathies
• Live in a nursing home or extended care facilities
• Live in any type of housing where there are chronic health problems
• Have kidney disease, anemia, severe asthma, diabetes or chronic liver disease
• Have a weakened immune system (including those with cancer or HIV/AIDS)
• Receive long-term treatment with steroids for any condition
• Expect to be past the 3rd month of pregnancy during the flu season
If you have any questions about immunizations and vaccines, please contact us.