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Immunizations: Is It That Time?


Immunizations have been known to protect people of all ages against diseases that don’t have to be part of your life with a proactive approach. And August is National Immunization Month in the U.S.! There are specific times that may be important to have vaccinations, such as for newborns and babies, adolescents and adults, those traveling out of a country or coming into a country, those with select medical conditions, the elderly and those with a weakened immunity system. Your physician and certified pharmacists can discuss with you the various immunizations to   help you decide on the best approach for you. Newborns and babies will receive a set of vaccinations based on your decision following the physician’s recommendation. Here are  a few ideas for adolescent and adults to check in with their physician or certified pharmacist about! Of course, you may expand on your inquiry to learn about others when you arrive at their location. In the meantime, we invite you to read on!

 Pneumoccoccal Vaccination

  • 65 years of age or over and never had or haven’t had in past five years.
  • Any age for those who smoke cigarettes; are alcoholic; or have  asthma, cancer, kidney failure, HIV, Hodgkin’s disease, sickle cell disease, and those with heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease. This includes those with leaking spinal fluid, spleen removal, have or will have a cochlear implant, a weakened immune system, organ or bone marrow transplant.

No Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccination (TD & TDAP)?

  • Never or Past Ten Years.

Meningococcal Vaccination More Than Five Years Ago?

  • College Students If Didn’t Have at 16th Birthday.
  • Travel where Meningococcal is at a High Rate.
  • Spleen Disease or removal.
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Microbiologists

Shingles Vaccine

  • Those Over 50!

Hepatitis A Vaccination To Protect From Acquiring or Giving It To Others

  • Never had
  • Vaccinated in Past But Did Not Get Second Injection To Complete.
  • Use Illegal Drugs.
  • Males Who Have Sex with Males.
  • Exposure in Past Two Weeks.
  • Travel to Area Where Common.
  • Will Have Contact With An Adopted Child From Country Where Common.
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Clotting Factor Disorder
  • Work With Primates.

Hepatitis A Vaccination To Protect From Acquiring or Giving It To Others

  • Never completed three doses.

Annual Flu Shot?

  • Flu Season is from Fall to August, depending upon the source.

Select children, adolescents and adults may be sensitive to certain immunizations. Before choosing vaccinations, inquire about the risks and potential side effects. Children, adolescents and adults may need additional vaccinations, if traveling to certain countries.

It is important to recognize that medications and medical procedures are associated with benefits and risks that should be discussed with your physician. It is important to recognize that all information contained on this website cannot be considered to be specific medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or medical advice. As always, you should consult with a physician regarding any medical condition. Your Health Access disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.