Facts on Immunizations

Health Officials Support the Need for Vaccinations

Parents, especially in the last few years, have expressed their concerns to health officials regarding the safety of required vaccinations for their children. Many parents have opted to not allow their children to take vaccinations. So much information is available, some pro, others con on the topic of immunizations. Each parent must make choices according to their beliefs and research.

Many people remember the days when polio, measles and rubella were common diseases, yet now they are rare. Although vaccines have dramatically reduced the number of people who get infectious diseases, along with the complications these diseases produce, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable diseases and death still exist. Without vaccines, epidemics of vaccine-preventable diseases would return.

 


National Immunization Awareness Month

Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Immunizationand Respiratory Diseases

Immunization helps prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get their shots just like kids do.

We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. Shots can prevent serious diseases like the flu, measles, and pneumonia. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu vaccine every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.

-If you have a child age 6 or younger, click here to find out which shots your child needs.

-Click here to find out which shots adults and teenagers need.

View this chart for adults to see if you are up to date on your shots.

-If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need to stay healthy.

Vaccine Safety and Adverse Events

Vaccines work best when most members of a community are vaccinated; the more people who are vaccinated, the lower the possible risk of anyone’s exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases. Because vaccines must be safe for use by as many people as possible, vaccines are developed in accordance with the highest standards of safety. Years of testing are required by law before a vaccine is licensed and distributed. Once in use, vaccines are continually monitored for safety and efficacy. As a result, the United States currently has the safest, most effective vaccine supply in history.

However, as with any medical procedure, vaccination has some risks as well as substantial, proven benefits. Individuals react differently to vaccines, and there is no way to absolutely predict the reaction of a specific individual to a particular vaccine. Anyone who takes a vaccine should be fully informed about both the benefits and the risks of vaccination. Any questions or concerns should be discussed with a physician or other health care provider.

Studies and further information on vaccines visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/Index.html

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