Immunizations are an essential part of preventative medicine and receiving immunizations at the appropriate times is critical to maintain good health. This month we shared information in the first of a two-part series on immunizations, beginning with childhood immunizations and below, you’ll find information on seasonal and adult immunizations.
Vaccine recommendations after age 18 include:
After age 18, vaccines are provided as boosters, every 10 years, after specific ages, and/or as medically indicated. For example, a tetanus shot is recommended every 10 years but may be administered following a medical incident if the patient can’t recall their last vaccination, or if available records don’t reliably note the last vaccine.
For the most recent vaccine recommendations by age group, a quick graphic reference is available from the Centers for Disease Control online here.
Influenza vaccines are recommended annually to protect the patient and his or her family. While the flu can be contracted at any time of year, “flu season” typically hits between October and March, and results in a high number of reported cases and hospitalizations. Manufacturers have already begun to ship flu vaccine for the 2013-2014 flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone should be vaccinated by October for the most protection; however, obtaining a flu vaccine is beneficial even after that time.
At The Wright Center, we begin seasonal flu vaccinations as soon as the vaccine is available and begin with high risk populations such as children younger than five, adults over age 65, and pregnant women. In addition, patients with medical conditions such as asthma, neurological conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, and several other conditions that compromise the immune system.
This fall, flu shots will be available for adults at Mid Valley, Scranton, and Clarks Summit offices. Pediatric flu shots are available at the Mid Valley clinic only and are available as a shot or nasal spray. We recommend that you talk with your physician to determine if the nasal spray or shot is best for your child.
Flu shots will be administered throughout the season and are available during flu clinics, well visits and sick visits. To schedule your seasonal flu vaccine, call to make your appointment today.
To remain up to date on flu information, flu progression, and flu myths, we recommend that you follow the CDC on the following websites and social media networks:
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Immunization information was compiled using best practices from The Wright Center, information from the Center for Disease Control, and medical knowledge of residents at The Wright Center. This blog is not intended to replace a visit or consultation with a medical professional.