According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC-approved vaccine schedule for infants and children protects against 16 different diseases. This includes diseases such as chickenpox, whooping cough, polio, measles, the flu, and more.
In addition, the CDC also provides vaccine schedules for teens, adults, and all individuals traveling out of the country.
If your immunizations are not current (or if you’re not sure if they are), the providers at Advance Medical Group can help you get the vaccines you need to stay healthy.
In the meantime, continue reading to learn more about the importance of staying current with your immunizations.
Reasons you need immunizations
When babies and children attend their well-baby checkups, pediatricians will track vaccines and administer them based on the schedules issued by the CDC. Likewise, adults also need vaccines.
Below is a list of situations in which you may need a vaccine:
- You might need to catch up and receive a vaccine that you missed.
- You might need a booster. The CDC suggests that adults receive the Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster shot every 10 years.
- You might need a vaccine that is formulated for adults. The zoster vaccine, for example, is intended for adults aged 50+, and this vaccine protects against shingles and its complications.
- You might need vaccines if you’re traveling out of the country. These vaccines will protect you against diseases like Yellow Fever.
- You might need annual vaccines. The flu vaccine is administered yearly.
If it’s been a while since your last update, don’t worry. Our friendly and professional team can help you get back on track.
Protecting those around you
Keeping your immunizations up-to-date protects you against these diseases, but it also helps prevent their spread. Some individuals (including those undergoing chemo treatments) have compromised immune systems. By vaccinating yourself, you help protect those around you too. This is known as herd immunity.
Herd immunity — sometimes called community immunity — refers to the ability of the community (the herd) to protect at-risk individuals (such as newborn babies) from developing diseases by reducing the prevalence of those diseases in the first place. For example, if the community is vaccinated against whooping cough, it is less likely that whooping cough can get a foothold or be spread to those who are not yet vaccinated. This process is essential this time every year as we go through flu season. When you receive the flu vaccine, you help strengthen the herd immunity.
Ready to get your immunizations up to date?
Remember, staying current with your immunizations protects you as well as your friends and family. If you’re not sure if you need any boosters, our friendly providers can give you the guidance you need.
We have three convenient clinics located in Hackensack, Paramus, and Haledon, New Jersey. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic of your choice or request your appointment via our website.