Immunizations

Vaccines help keep you healthy, prevent illness and disease, and protect others from illness and disease (including children, elderly, and immunocompromised individuals). 

Immunizations

Immunizations for both children and adults are important because vaccine-preventable illnesses have not gone away, they simply have been reduced because of the effectiveness of properly administered immunizations.  Vaccines help keep you healthy, prevent illness and disease, and protect others from illness and disease (including children, elderly, and immunocompromised individuals).  Not only are immunizations safe and effective but they will actually improve and protect your overall health.  Many immunizations protect your child from diseases for which there is no cure and getting immunized almost always costs less than what treating a preventable disease will cost.

Important immunization administration begins at birth and many are administered according to age throughout childhood.  Additionally, annual immunizations such as the flu vaccine are an important part of everyone’s health.  Further, when traveling to other countries immunizations may be required to protect you from diseases or illnesses that are prevalent in other countries.  It is important to see your medical provider approximately 4-6 weeks prior to traveling to ensure you can receive all immunizations necessary, give them time to reach maximized effectiveness, and be cleared for travel by U.S. and foreign governments.

It is important to note that while many vaccines are administered during childhood, there are vaccines that must be administered throughout adulthood.  Adults need to keep their immunizations up to date because childhood immunizations wear off over time which puts adults at risk of developing different diseases in adulthood.  All adults need the influenza (flu) vaccine, and the Td or Tdap vaccine as well as potentially needing other vaccines depending on your age, job, lifestyle or other travel habits.

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