Immunizations protect children from dangerous childhood diseases and adults from serious disease as well. Vaccinate to protect our future. A vaccination is medication that imparts immunity from a disease. It is a process by which medication causes your body to create a defense against a specific disease-causing organism. While a small number of people may develop side effects from a vaccine, you can’t “catch” any disease from the vaccine itself.
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Get vaccinated. Adults and children should generally be vaccinated in accordance with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. You should discuss all vaccines with your child’s or your health care practitioner before being vaccinated. For more information on what vaccines are available, for what purpose and when or how often you or your kids should be vaccinated, please click on the icons below.
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- Like any medicine, vaccines can cause minor side effects.Depending on the vaccine, these can include a slight fever, rash or soreness at the site of injection. Some discomfort is normal and should not be a cause for alarm. Your health care provider can give you additional information.
- It’s extremely rare, but vaccinations can cause serious reactions – weigh the risks. The risk of serious complications from a disease that could have been prevented by vaccination is far greater than the risk of a serious reaction to a vaccine.
- What to do if your child has a serious reaction. Call your doctor or get the child or adult to Urgent Care or the ER right away. It can help to write down what happened and the date and time it happened.
- Don’t wait to vaccinate.Children under 5 years of age are especially susceptible to disease because their immune systems have not built up the necessary defenses to fight infection. Immunizing children on time (by 2 years of age) can protect them from disease as well as others at school or daycare.
- Be sure to track your vaccinations with a health record.A vaccination health record helps you and your health care provider accurately track your families’ vaccinations. If you move or change providers, having an accurate record might prevent your child from having to repeat vaccinations he or she has already had. A vaccination record should be started when your child receives his/her first vaccination and updated with each vaccination visit.
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