Why Get Immunizations?

Why Get Immunizations?

Preventative Medicine is the implementation of interventions to avert disease before they happen. One of the best methods we have in our medical arsenal, is the use of immunizations.

Immunizations protect individuals from acquiring disease mainly by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against those diseases before they happen. In general, vaccinations are very safe, and effective. Many diseases that people succumb to could have been easily prevented by a simple vaccination!

A recent report by the National Institute of Health revealed that over 70% of Americans were behind in their vaccinations! In order to get you up to date with your vaccinations, it is imperative that you obtain a record of your vaccination history that can be reviewed. This can often be retrieved from your pediatrician, school records, or the Employee Health Department at your place of work. Please bring, fax, or mail this to your clinician's office. This way, one can determine which vaccines you need.

Tetanus is a potentially fatal illness that can be prevented simply by obtaining a booster vaccination every ten years. Most patients who have not had their immunization status reviewed recently need a tetanus booster.

Recently a vaccine has been developed for Chicken Pox. If you never had Chicken Pox, you may be a candidate for the vaccine. This is important because Chicken Pox in adults can cause pneumonia, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), or even death. It is particularly harmful to women who are pregnant, and babies in the womb. This disease can simply be prevented by the administration of the vaccine.

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccines have also been developed and improved recently. Hepatitis B is spread sexually and through blood products. It is recommended for individuals who have several sexual partners, health care workers, and anyone who may be exposed to Hepatitis B. Some advocates recommend vaccination for adolescents. If you are a candidate, it is imperative that you be immunized against Hepatitis, which can cause severe, life threatening illness, and possibly predispose people to liver failure and liver cancer.

Outbreaks of Measles have recently occurred among young people previously immunized against the disease. For young adults who have received only one dose of measles vaccine after their first birthday, revaccination is recommended, particularly before going to college, entering a health care profession, or traveling to a foreign country.

Illnesses which require special vaccinations:

* Alcohol Abuse * Cancer * Diabetes * HIV * Kidney Failure * Liver Damage * Problems with the Immune System * Removal of the Spleen * Sickle Cell Disease * Steroid Therapy

Below is a list of some of the possible vaccines you may need:

Active Immunization Anthrax Passive Immunization Chicken Pox (Varicella-Zoster) Cholera Diphtheria German Measles (Rubella) Haemophilus Influenza B (Hib) Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Influenza Mumps Measles Plague Chicken Pox (VZIG) Hepatitis B (HBIG) Measles Rabies (HRIG) Tetanus (TIG) Vaccinia (VBIG) Pneumococcal Pneumonia Polio (eIPV) Rabies Tetanus Typhoid Tuberculosis Yellow Fever Vaccinia

Pregnancy: Certain precautions apply before, during, and immediately after pregnancy. Immunizing agents or vaccines that contain live viruses should not be used during pregnancy. Killed virus vaccines, in general, are safe. Please tell the doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant soon, or have recently been pregnant.