Time to think about vaccinations

Immunization or Vaccination?

  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “immunization is the process whereby a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, typically by the administration of a vaccine. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against subsequent infection or disease.”

  A person becomes immune to a disease when the body has been exposed to it either through illness or vaccination. The immune system develops antibodies to the disease so that it cannot make you sick again.

  Blue Mountain Hospital (BMH) and the other surrounding health care facilities are actively involved in helping patients be current with their vaccinations. If you have vaccination questions, there are many resources such as BMH, the clinics, the local health department or internet resources such as the-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  Generally back to school time, may include your children needing to receive vaccinations. It is highly encourag-  ed for community members to learn about the various vaccinations available and become current with your vaccinations to decrease your chances of illnesses that are preventable from receiving vaccinations.

  Did you know there are recommended vaccinations depending on your age, and health status? From birth to age 18, 19 and older, pregnancy, if you are a health care provider, traveling to foreign countries or have a chronic condition like end stage renal disease or other conditions where a patient has a decreased immune system, may require different vaccinations.

Here are some charts that are available from the CDC to help guide healthcare workers / parents in what they or their children will need depending on age and health status.

Birth to 6 years easy to read chart

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child-easyread.html

Age 19 and older chart

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html

Influenza Vaccination-generally late in October of every calendar year, is when facilities receive their annual doses for influenza vaccination(s)- so mark your calendar for this upcoming recommended vaccination. The clinics each year generally have a free influenza vaccination day as well, for community members which makes it very easy and affordable to receive this vaccination.

Tips for making the “shots” a less painful experience:

• Learn about the vaccination

• Be ready to support your child during the vaccine visit.  Pack your child’s favorite toy, book, or blanket to comfort him or her during vaccinations.

• If your child is older and you can have a chat:

• Be honest with your child. Explain that shots can pinch or sting, but that it won’t hurt for long.

• Engage other family members, especially older siblings, to support your child.

• Avoid telling scary stories or making threats about shots.

• Remind your child that vaccines can keep him or her healthy.

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/visit/before-during-after-shots.html

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