Arm Yourself Against Disease:The Importance of Immunization
Immunization is the most effective way you can protect your family from preventable disease
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that vaccine-preventable diseases are at an all-time low, the risks of outbreak remain due to a large number of under-immunized children.
Teens and adults often go under-immunized as well, missing opportunities to defend themselves against several diseases which pose a risk later in life. Shots are safe and effective. Take a moment to learn more about the immunizations available for you and your family and arm yourself against preventable disease!
Give Your Child a Healthy Start: Childhood Immunizations
Immunization is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Today we can protect children from 14 serious diseases. Shots are safe and effective at preventing serious disease. Well Child Visits are the ideal opportunity to receive the appropriate immunizations. Keeping your child on track with these regular doctor’s appointments, following the schedule listed below, will also help you stay up-to-date on important growth and development measures.
How Often Should I Schedule a Well Child Visit?
- 2 – 4 weeks
- 2 months*
- 4 months*
- 6 months*
- 9 months
- 12 months*
- 15 months*
- 18 months*
- 24 months
- 30 months
- 3 years
- Every year after for an annual exam
*Vaccinations are recommended at these visits. Talk to your provider about your child’s specific needs.
Preteen and Teen Immunization
Well Child visits are just as important in adolescence as in early childhood. As kids get older, protection from some vaccines begins to wear off, and they develop risks for other diseases. Help your preteens get a healthy start on their teenage years with the recommended preteen vaccinations.
And don’t stop there—some shots, like the vaccine for prevention of Meningococcal Disease, require boosters later in the teen years. Keep your kids on an annual check up schedule to ensure they’re up-to-date on immunizations.
Annual Wellness Visits
After three years of age, children and teens should continue to have regular annual checkups. Preventive care is an important part of keeping them safe into adulthood, so make sure these visits remain a priority.
Immunizations are valuable at all ages. In some cases immunity from a vaccine can wear off and you may be at risk for new diseases. Your primary care provider (PCP) will keep you up-to-date on vaccinations, so please make sure you schedule your Preventive care visits as needed. The specific immunizations you may need are determined by many different factors such as age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Talk to your PCP about what vaccines might be right for you.
Recommended Immunizations for Children (birth through 6 years old)
Recommended Immunizations for Preteens and Teens (7-18 years)
Recommended Immunizations for Adults (those 19 years and older)