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Immunizations for Children and Adults

August 12, 2014

The need for immunization begins at birth and continues throughout life.

Childhood and adolescent immunizations

Regular well child and adolescent doctor visits are essential for getting immunizations and monitoring growth and development. Immunizations given according to schedule keep your children and everyone around you healthy and safe from preventable diseases. They protect against things like measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, flu, and pertussis (whooping cough).

Many parents think that because we don’t see certain diseases anymore, vaccinations aren’t needed. This is not the case. Immunizations are necessary to keep preventable diseases from returning in full force. Talk to your children’s doctor to be sure their immunizations are up-to-date.

Adult immunizations

Adults need immunizations, too. Just because you received vaccinations as a child doesn’t mean you don’t need any as an adult. It is important for all ages, including women who are pregnant, to stay current with immunization schedules to prevent the spread of disease. Thousands of adults become ill or die each year from preventable diseases like the flu and hepatitis B.

There are several reasons you may need a vaccination:

  • You may not have been vaccinated as a child or the vaccination may not have been available yet 
  • Over time, immunity can fade 
  • Aging makes us more susceptible to serious disease, such as flu and pneumonia 

Protect yourself and your family by keeping your vaccines up to date. Interested in learning more? View our immunizations information here.