August is National Immunization Awareness Month, an annual observance highlighting the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Healthy officials indicate that vaccines keep a child healthy and confer herd immunity, protecting immunocompromised individuals in our families, neighborhoods, and communities. Read on to learn more about the importance of getting immunizations, where to get them, and the schedule.
Healthy Tip Tuesday is brought to you in partnership with Trinity Health Systems.
As we prepare for back to school, Trinity Hospital Twin City is sending a vaccination reminder! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention everyone from pregnant women to older adults needs vaccines. There are different vaccines recommended for different ages and stages of your life.
By following the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule for your children, you help protect them from disease outbreaks:
- Severe flu outbreaks could lead to hospitalization and even deaths.
- Measles cases have been on the rise since 2014, but there is a vaccine to protect against it.
- Outbreaks of whooping cough can occur in middle and high schools, but there is a vaccination to prevent a child from getting it.
Vaccines for Young Children (Newborns through 6 years old):
- Children need vaccines to help protect them from diseases that can be very serious, even deadly.
- You can find out what vaccines your children need by reviewing CDC’s recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule.
- Annual flu vaccines are recommended for children 6 months and older.
Vaccines for Preteens and Teens (7 years old through 18 years old):
- All preteens and teens need a flu vaccine every year.
- Three vaccines are recommended specifically for preteens:
- HPV vaccine protects against HPV infections that can cause cancer later in life.
- Tdapis a booster shot to help protect preteens from whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria.
- Meningococcal conjugate vaccine protects against meningitis, and bloodstream infections (bacteremia or septicemia). These illnesses can be very serious, even fatal.
What everyone should know:
- Where can someone get their vaccines?
- Primary care doctor
- Some health departments
- It’s never too late to get caught up. Talk to the doctor about planning to complete the necessary vaccines.
- In many cases, it is safe to get vaccinated while pregnant. Consult an OBGYN
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