Vaccinations have led to a significant decrease in rates of preventable diseases and have made a positive impact in keeping children healthy.
Vaccines against several serious illnesses are available, and a schedule to receive these vaccines is recommended by federal and international agencies (CDC, ACIP, WHO). This schedule is incorporated into standard well-child visits by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please see Visits & Vaccine Schedule for a comprehensive list and schedule for obtaining your child’s vaccinations. Feel free to discuss vaccination recommendations with Dr. Whittaker or his nursing staff at your next appointment.
Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Every year millions of people suffer from the flu and hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized from flu-related causes. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and even the risk of flu-related death in children.
We know the COVID-19 is spread from person to person, like a cold, through droplets in the air from coughs and sneezes. It is not as contagious as measles, which is a relief, but avoiding exposure is key. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccines for everyone 6 months and older and boosters for everyone 5 years and older, if eligible. Some people in your family may need to take more steps to be better protected from COVID-19, including:
- Anyone not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines
- People with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions
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