Ready for school? Make sure you are up to date on the necessary vaccines for your children. National Immunization Awareness Month in August is a timely reminder for you to check your child’s vaccination records to make sure that he/she has the immunizations needed for preschool, elementary, middle or high school – or even for starting college as a freshman. And this month’s observance also highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. Recommended vaccines protect against serious diseases in adults, too, such as shingles and pneumonia.
“Many children are now in need of boosters to prevent potentially serious diseases including pertussis (whooping cough), chicken pox and meningitis,” said Dr. Wendy Proskin, a Westmed pediatrician. “Making sure your children are properly immunized will give them up to a 98 percent chance of avoiding many diseases. And vaccines are very safe.”
If your child’s medical record indicates that he/she is due for a shot, you will be asked to make an appointment. Also, if your child is due for a physical exam, you will be asked to make that appointment in order for your son or daughter to receive the vaccines that schools require.
Also, the CDC recommends the Meningitis B vaccine to protect the health of your college-bound son or daughter.
Use your Westmed pediatrician as a resource to help you sort out the endless supply of information on immunizations. Ask about the risks and benefits of any vaccine for your child. Manufacturers must thoroughly test them before even submitting them to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for approval.
The most common side effects of vaccines are mild pain, swelling and redness where the shot was given. Serious side effects from immunizations are extremely rare.
AND–Immunizations are Not Just for Babies and Young Kids
Westmed’s Medical Director Dr. Steven Meixler says, “We really need to get beyond the mentality that vaccines are just for kids. Vaccines are for everyone across their life span–regardless of age, race, sex, ethnic background or country of origin, and you are urged to follow the CDC’s vaccination guidelines and roll up your sleeves. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed by a health care professional. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease). Make sure that you and your loved ones consult with your medical provider and receive these immunizations.
What Vaccines Do YOU Need?
You can take CDC’s Adult Vaccine Quiz to find out which vaccines may be recommended for you. Take the customized printout to discuss with your doctor at your next healthcare encounter. Hyper link to quiz – What vaccines do you need? Take this CDC quiz to find out: http://go.usa.gov/xqtz4
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