Showing posts with label vaccinations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vaccinations. Show all posts

Monday, September 12, 2016

Five Reasons to Get the Flu Shot - And Save!



Here comes flu season – is your family ready? Although flu season peaks from December through March, now is the time to prepare by taking preventative measures that will keep your family – and those around you – healthy this year.

The most certain way to protect yourself against the flu is the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine for anyone six months of age or older.

Of course, many of us come up with excuses to avoid getting the shot – no time, a fear of needles, or “you never get sick.” Well, toss those excuses aside because there are plenty of good reasons for making the flu shot a priority this year.
  1. Studies show that the flu vaccination works! For most, it effectively prevents contraction of the flu. Save your sick days for another time!
  2. Some people do still get the flu despite having had the flu shot; however, the vaccination often makes the illness milder and more manageable. 
  3. When you get the vaccine, you are not only protecting yourself from the flu, you are also protecting those around you, especially those who may be more vulnerable to the flu, such as the very young, the very old, and those whose immune systems are already compromised by certain medical conditions (many of whom cannot receive the vaccination themselves). For these individuals, the flu can be more serious or even deadly. According to the CDC, during recent flu seasons, between 80- 90% of flu-related deaths occurred in people 65 years and older. 
  4. Flu vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization from more serious flu outcomes. The CDC reports that the flu vaccine reduced children’s risk of flu-related pediatric intensive care unit admission by a whopping 74% during flu season. Another study showed that the flu vaccination resulted in a 71% reduction in flu-related hospitalizations among adults, and even greater among older adults. 
  5. The flu shot helps protect women during pregnancy, and it even protects their babies for up to six months after they are born.
If you don’t get your flu shot due to cost, we can help. In fact, we can also help alleviate the cost of flu-related medications. There are many ways to save; for example:
 We hope that you and your family stay healthy this flu season!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

5 Common Vaccine Myths Squashed!

Vaccinating children has been a controversial topic for years, and it’s no wonder. Up to 23 shots can be given by the time a child is two years old, with as many as 6 shots administered during just one visit. However, there is a great deal of misinformation out there right now regarding their safety and effectiveness; to clear the air regarding vaccines, check out five of the most common myths surrounding them below.

Myth #1: Autism is caused by vaccines

Autism is still a mystery, but many believe the link to vaccines is unwarranted.

  • A study that appeared in The Lancet started the notion that vaccines cause autism. That study has since been discredited; follow-up studies don’t show any direct connection between autism and vaccines.
  • Symptoms of autism are often present much earlier than a child’s first vaccines.
  • Autism may develop before a baby is born, long before vaccines come into the picture.
Myth #2: Vaccines overload a baby’s immune system

In fact, compared to the bacteria in the food they eat, or the dust particles in the air they breathe, vaccines are a relatively insignificant challenge for a baby’s immune system.

  •  Even if all vaccines were given at one time (although they’re not!), a child’s immune system could handle it.
  • Since cells in the body are constantly replaced and replenished, the immune system can never really be overwhelmed.
  • Modern vaccines are more efficient than ever before.
  • Today’s vaccines expose children to fewer immunologic components, that is, proteins and sugars, than ever before. Check out this site for more info. 
Myth #3: Natural immunity beats vaccines

Natural immunity means you actually catch a disease and get sick from it. In some cases, relying on natural immunity can be dangerous, even deadly. For instance, in the case of measles, you would face a 1 in 500 chance of death if you relied on natural immunity. However, only 1 in 1 million individuals have suffered from severe allergic reaction to the actual vaccine.

Myth #4: If other kids are being vaccinated, yours don’t need vaccines

This is not true, due to a concept known as “herd immunity.” Not only do vaccines work by preventing your child from contracting a disease; they also help to prevent the spread of disease. This concept, known as herd immunity, recognizes that vaccines work, but that the number of children who receive them is crucial to their overall effectiveness.

Myth #5: Major diseases have already disappeared so vaccines aren’t necessary

Many of the diseases you no longer hear about have disappeared, in part due to vaccines. If everyone stopped vaccinating their children, there is a chance many of these diseases could reappear. Consider:

  • Unvaccinated children can still get diseases.
  • Children can bring diseases and illnesses home to other individuals in a household. Those especially at risk include babies and infants, individuals with a compromised immune system, and the elderly.
  • People travelling from other countries can bring diseases and illnesses with them, even if those conditions haven’t been seen here in the U.S. for years.
As with any decision that affects your child’s health, speak with your doctor or healthcare provider regarding the pros and cons of vaccinating. Check out PublicHealth.org for additional information, myths, and most recent findings.

Live Healthy. Live Smart.
-FamilyWize

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What do you need to know about travel immunizations?


Are you planning to travel this summer? Depending upon your destination, immunizations might be necessary to ensure the safety and well being of you and your family members. Check out the guidelines below and consult your healthcare practitioner prior to traveling.

What routine vaccines are suggested?

Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
Diptheria-tetanus-pertussis
Varicella (chickenpox)
Polio
Annual flu shot

What are the most common additional vaccines needed for travel?

Hepatitis A and/or B
Typhoid
Rabies

Check out this website, which provides comprehensive details regarding specific vaccines necessary for a variety of destinations, including travel within the country as well as abroad.

Examples of how diseases may be contracted while traveling:

Typhoid fever: You may contract this condition by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the Salmonella Typhi bacteria while traveling. It is more common in underdeveloped parts of the world.
Rabies: You can easily contract rabies through a bite from an infected animal.
Hepatitis A: This form of hepatitis may be passed from an individual with the virus, such as a food worker, through an action as simple as improper handwashing. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, shellfish, ice and water may be contaminated, too.

Should you be concerned about adverse reactions to immunizations?

Reactions are typically rare, but they can occur.
Ask your doctor for a list of any symptoms you should be aware of that might indicate a reaction.
Call your doctor or healthcare provider immediately at any sign of distress or reaction.

Are there factors that can increase your risk of exposure to infectious disease while traveling?

Yes, according to experts at www.webmd.com, the following can put you at greater risk of becoming ill while traveling:

Visits to more rural areas, such as farms, zoos, and other animal habitats.
Engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking and backpacking.
Staying with locals.
Extended stays.

What should you take with you while traveling to ensure a safe trip?

1. A list of allergies and medications you’re taking.
2. Your doctor’s contact information.
3. A list of immunizations and the dates they were received.

What you should know before you go:

The location of the nearest hospital or clinic.
Guidelines for your insurance covering you while traveling.
How to get emergency assistance while traveling outside the U.S. Check out this site. 

Helpful travel hints:

*It’s ideal to visit your doctor 4-6 week before your trip. This will allow adequate time to receive vaccines and any medications you may require.
*Keep away from animals you meet while traveling, especially if you don’t know their health history and if they’ve been properly vaccinated.
*Choose food and drinks wisely. For instance, in some areas, it’s advisable to drink bottled water.
*Always check with your doctor before traveling if you have a compromised immune system or other health concerns.

Where can you learn more?

Check out sites such as www.webmd.com or www.cdc.gov/ta for valuable information regarding safe travel.

Be Wize & Be Healthy
-FamilyWize