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Immunizations 101

For many people across the country, the decision to immunize their kids has been one that has come with increased confusion lately. To make the most informed decision, you have to understand the purpose of immunizations throughout our life. Here are three primary reasons immunizing ourselves, our children and our elderly are beneficial from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Vaccines Protect From Illness and Disease

The recommended vaccines vary based on age, health conditions, lifestyle, jobs, and travel. A list of recommended vaccines is updated each year by the CDC and other medical experts. This list is created based on the latest research, and is suggested to help protect those most vulnerable to illness. However, every year, tens of thousands of Americans get sick from a disease that is preventable through vaccinations.

They are Needed Throughout life

Not all vaccines last a lifetime. Even if you’ve kept up to date with your childhood immunizations, there could be a chance you are no longer protected as an adult. As you age, your health risks change. Additionally, if you travel for work often, or have a chronic condition, you might require a different set of vaccinations than someone else. You must discuss with your doctor your full vaccination history so you can keep your immune system and health in check.

They Undergo Years of Careful Testing

As with all medications, there can be some side effects from vaccines. However, most side effects are mild. To ensure absolute safety, before any vaccines are approved for use in the United States, they go through years of careful testing by highly trained doctors and scientists. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluates the results of these clinical studies.

Whether you are traveling for work or planning a family vacation, you’ll want to have the tools you need to stay healthy and well. Methodist Premier Wellness is centered around your total health: mind, body, and spirit. Whether you are home or away, we are accessible and ready to assist you! Schedule your comprehensive health exam, or contact Dr. Hollenshead about your immunization options today!