August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and you can observe it by making sure you and your loved ones are up-to-date on all recommended vaccinations. The National Public Health Information Coalition sponsors NIAM to remind people of the importance of immunology and encourage them to prevent the spread of serious disease by getting vaccines. Below, the team at Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Forest Hills, NY, lists some of the most common vaccinations that everyone in your family should have.
A Guide to Immunology: When You Need Which Vaccines
Between Birth & Six Years Old
Infants and young children require several vaccinations over the course of a few years in order to help them build up immunity for later in life. Immunology experts recommend young children get the vaccines for hepatitis B; DTaP, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis; Hib, which protects against H. Influenza Type B; polio; pneumococcal conjugate; rotovirus; MMR, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella; varicella; and influenza.
Between Nine & 12 Years Old
Between the ages of nine and 12, immunology experts recommend individuals get certain booster vaccinations, as well as a few new immunizations. In addition to Tdap, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, young adults should get the vaccines for HPV, MCV4, and influenza.
As an Adult
The required vaccinations for adults depend on a variety of factors, including the immunizations that they received as children and whether they already contracted certain illnesses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a recommended vaccination schedule for adults, but you can talk to your doctor about your specific health care needs.
If you cannot remember the last time you reviewed your vaccination schedule, turn to Medex Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Forest Hills, NY. You can learn more about the medical services they provide, including diabetes management and dermatology screenings, by visiting their website. To make an appointment with an immunology specialist today, call (718) 275-8900.