Protecting Your Loved Ones Against Preventable Diseases

Providers are available to administer vaccinations to protect you and your children against disease.

April 23 – 29 is World Immunization Week, a global health campaign aimed at raising awareness of vaccine-preventable diseases. There are a variety of vaccines available throughout all stages of life, and common immunizations everyone should become familiar with include:

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine

The MMR vaccine is recommended for children ages 12 months to 12 years and is by required by law in all 50 states for children who attend public schools or childcare. There is currently a mumps outbreak in several local communities, so check with your provider to determine whether an additional dose of vaccine, frequently called a booster shot, is appropriate for you.

Human Papillomavirus Vaccine

The HPV vaccine prevents cancers caused by HPV infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that HPV infection is common: on average, 1 in 4 people are infected in the United States. Children are eligible to receive this vaccine as early as age 11.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine

The seasonal flu vaccine reduces the risk of the flu by helping the body produce antibodies to protect against infection. Although it does not guarantee you won’t get the flu, it does greatly reduce the chances. CDC recommends anyone 6 months old or older receive the fl u shot annually.

Polio Vaccine

Polio is an infectious virus that causes paralysis and is potentially fatal. Through the success of the vaccine, polio is no longer a threat to the public. This vaccine is a series of four shots occurring between the ages of 2 months to 6 years. The polio vaccine is required by law in all 50 states for children who attend public schools or receive childcare.

Shingles Vaccine

Shingles causes a blistering and painful rash on one side of the face or body, and can last from two to four weeks. People 60 and older are encouraged to receive the shingles vaccination to prevent the disease. The vaccine is 51 percent effective against shingles, according to CDC.

by Esther Robertson, SCF Public Relations

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