Get Ready for Flu Season!

It’s likely that vaccinations and shots aren’t exactly something you look forward to. But if you’ve never had polio, measles, or mumps, you just might have vaccinations to thank for that! In the United States, the rate of dangerous diseases has dramatically decreased, with polio and smallpox vanishing entirely. The influenza vaccine reduces the risk of the flu by 74% in children, leading to better nationwide health.

Vaccinations are especially important for children. Their immune systems are weaker, and schools and daycares can be great breeding grounds for viruses.

The recommended vaccinations for children include:

  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus

According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your child should receive these shots by the time they are six months old. Some of them are recommended at even four months or earlier. Once your child is a teenager, the human papillomavirus (HPV) shot, which protects against cervical cancer and HPV infection, is recommended, starting as early as age 12. Previously, it was mostly teenager girls who received this shot, but it is also beneficial for boys. In high school or college, teens should also receive the meningococcal conjugate vaccine. In addition, children of all ages should receive a flu shot every year.

Vaccinations are incredibly important for children. They have helped to cut down on — and eliminated entirely, as seen by polio and smallpox — life-threatening diseases and can prevent your child and others from becoming seriously ill. By preventing illness, vaccinations also mean spending less money on medications, doctors’ visits, and hospital bills. With the flu vaccine, even if your child still becomes ill, their sickness will likely be much milder and shorter.

Vaccines aren’t just for kids, either!

Adults should receive booster shots for tetanus and diphtheria, and varicella and zoster for chickenpox and shingles. Adults over 50 in particular should receive flu vaccinations. If you aren’t vaccinated against HPV or diseases like measles and mumps, you can still get the vaccinations as an adult.

Even if you are healthy, vaccinations prevent the spread of disease to other people, especially babies, older people, or those with compromised immune systems. If you work in the health care profession, or are planning to travel to certain areas (particularly South America and Africa), you should also look into any additional vaccines you may need to protect your health.

Some people may worry about allergic reactions or adverse side effects of vaccines, but in reality, these instances are very rare. Vaccines cause an allergic reaction in about one out of every million children. In other rare cases, vaccines potentially link to learning disabilities, autism, diabetes, or asthma. However, the CDC reports that it is difficult to find causation between vaccinations and these negative side effects. If you are concerned about vaccinations, ask your doctor or other health care provider for more information.

With flu season upon us, now is the time to start thinking about your vaccinations!

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