Vaccinations save lives. Vaccines are given to infants, toddlers, school age kids, middle school, high school students, and adults. Immunizations or vaccines help us by getting our bodies to create the antibodies or teach our immune system to prevent the diseases that we may be exposed to. Although many of the diseases that people are vaccinated for are almost completely non-existent here in the United States, they are still present around the world. Continuing to vaccinate people of all ages decreases the risk of diseases being spread and complications like blindness, infertility, paralysis, heart failure, liver failure, meningitis, pneumonia, deafness, and even death.
Today, the most common vaccines for children include:
Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (whooping cough):DTaP and/or TdaP
Haemophilus influenza type B: Hib
Measles, Mumps, Rubella: MMR
For Teen agers, recommended vaccines include TdaP, Meningitis, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
For Adults, recommended vaccinations include the TdaP, Hepatitis B, Pneumonia, and Shingles
Over the years there have been lots of discussions about the safety of vaccines. We know that any treatment or foreign material that we take into our body – no matter if its food, medicine, or even over the counter vitamins can cause some reaction. Sometimes the reaction is what we want and other times it is not. Vaccines have the same risk for possible reaction. The most common reactions are soreness, redness and slight swelling at the site of injection. Sometimes a person can develop a low grade fever or slight rash that usually goes away in a day or two. There are times when a person can have a more serious reaction but those should be discussed on a case by case basis with your health care provider.
If you aren’t sure if you or your child are up to date with vaccines make an appointment today with your health care provider. Make sure to take the vaccination record with you so they can evaluate and recommend any vaccinations. If you don’t have a health care provider, make an appointment at AxessPointe today. We are excepting new patients of all ages at this time.