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What You Need to Know About Immunizations

What You Need to Know About Immunizations

Immunizations have helped us defeat countless diseases and reduce the severity of many others. Without vaccines and immunizations, we would still be battling diseases like these with regularity: 

  • Polio 
  • Measles 
  • Mumps 
  • Rubella 
  • Influenza 

August is Immunization Awareness Month. At Life Tech, our goal is to provide care to our patients regardless of their age. Our hope is that our patients will follow an immunization schedule to make sure they are as protected as possible. Here are some valuable tips about immunizations for all ages. 

Immunizations Are Safe 

The healthcare community strongly stands behind the vaccine system in the U.S. The fact is that when you are vaccinated on the recommended schedule, you’re taking steps to protect your long-term health. The CDC has recommendations for what immunizations you should receive based on your age. Click this link to view the CDC immunization guidelines for your age group.  

Immunization Realities 

While immunizations are the best way to protect your health against a variety of diseases and conditions, they don’t have a 100-percent efficacy. For example, if you get the influenza vaccine at the start of the flu season, there is still a chance you will come down with the flu. This is because there are several different strains of the flu going around in a given year. The flu vaccine is made to combat what healthcare experts feel will be the most common strain of the flu. So, getting your flu shot is still the safest way to protect yourself, even if it doesn’t completely eliminate your chance of contracting the flu. If you do happen to come down with the flu after getting your flu shot, studies have shown that getting vaccinated can ease the severity of the symptoms.  

Work With Your Doctor 

Make sure you are informed about the benefits and risks of each vaccine you may need to receive. We recommend you consult your primary care physician to develop a plan for what your immunization schedule will be moving forward. Should you have any other home healthcare needs, especially for respiratory equipment, please contact Life Tech.  

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