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Immunization: What You and Your Family Need to Know

As parents enroll their children in school, students enter college, and healthcare workers  prepare for the flu season, now is the time to review the 2011 Recommended Immunizations Schedules to find out what immunizations you and your family may need.

Why are immunizations important?
Vaccines have eradicated such potentially dangerous infectious diseases as smallpox and wild poliovirus in the United States, and have significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases worldwide.

Vaccines offer effective protection from infectious diseases, and yet people in the U.S. still die each year from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Who should be immunized?
Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life. Being aware of the vaccines that are recommended for infants, children, adolescents, adults of all ages and seniors, and making sure that we receive these immunizations, is critical to protecting ourselves and our communities from disease.

When are immunizations given?
Most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life. Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunization are recommended throughout life. Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside of the U.S. are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world.

For more information on immunizations, please visit the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Need to update your immunizations? 
Contact our adult and pediatric primary care physicians today to schedule an appointment to get your immunizations or find out what vaccines you or your children may need. 

Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases