WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS
Immunizations are the most effective means of making a body resistant or immune to an infectious disease. There are several immunizations that are required not just for children but for adults, and for those who are planning to travel out of the country. Following an immunization schedule that is specified by your doctor is key to making sure you are fully protected from certain diseases. Most schools have immunization requirements to protect children from diseases that are easily spread.
SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
- DTP – Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccine
- OPV- Oral Polio Vaccine
- HIB – Haemophilus Influenzae B Vaccine
- HBV – Hepatitis B Vaccine
- MMR – Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine
- Varicella – Chicken Pox Vaccine
In most cases, infant immunization begins at three months. Childhood immunizations are also done for polio, hepatitis, measles, mumps, rubella and in some cases, chicken pox. Tetanus is a disease that for which child immunization should be considered. Additionally, it is recommended that adults are immunized for tetanus and get a booster shot every 10 years.
It is best to contact an immunization clinic and get all questions answered regarding infant and childhood immunizations, as well as schedules and immunization benefits. If you are worried about the link between child immunizations and autism, these concerns can also be addressed at the clinic. New parents will usually get details from their doctor regarding an immunization schedule for a newborn baby, who will get several immunizations during their first year of life. After that, child immunization schedules usually revolve around school requirements. Women who are considering getting pregnant are advised to be immunized against rubella, which can have harmful side effects if caught during pregnancy.
In addition to these mandatory shots, those who are traveling outside of the country should look into travel immunizations. Many times these are part of travel requirements. Immunizations against certain diseases such as malaria are often given to those who are traveling to parts of the world where this disease is still rampant.
To find out more about immunizations schedules and to discuss any concerns, call us today. We can review with you the types of immunizations that are suggested and required, as well as child immunization benefits.