Immunizations

  • Why Vaccinations Are So Important

    You probably have memories of getting vaccinations when you were younger, and some of you remember when they were a new thing. When vaccinations became widely used to prevent people from getting sick, it was an exciting step forward in medical science. We no longer had to worry about terrible, contagious diseases like small pox, mumps, polio, and many others that people were afraid of getting.

    Today, some people have begun questioning whether or not they might be causing more harm than good, especially in children. However, the medical community still completely backs the administration of vaccines, saying that their benefits far outweigh any risks.

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  • Flu Season - Time to Get Vaccinated

    Flu season generally runs from October and even as late as May, with a peak in January and February. The flu can be more dangerous for certain groups of people, including the very young, the elderly, and those with chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD. Since we are already a month into flu season, hopefully you will get yours soon if you haven't already!

    The flu shot takes around 2 weeks to go into effect, to protect you from the common strains that will be most likely to go around this season. It doesn't protect against every strain, because that would be virtually impossible. There are many strains that will be less common that the flu shot for a given year will not guard against. However, once you've gone 2 weeks after your flu shot, you will be vaccinated against the most common strains for that flu season, and it's recommended by health professionals that you get one.

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  • Immunization Awareness Month and the Importance of Immunizations

    We've been taught since we were young about how crucial it is to stay up to date on all of the significant immunizations. If it weren't for the availability of immunizations throughout our lifetimes, diseases and sicknesses such as Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio would still be a threat to the population. Many of us might not be here today, if these immunizations weren't invented, or as readily available as they are.

    The government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have dubbed every August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). You can also visit the CDC's official website for informational toolkits to help raise awareness about the importance of immunizations. They focus on the immunizations that are important for babies and toddlers to receive, those for school-age children, young adults, and older adults.

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