Posted in August 2014

Adults Need Vaccines, Too!

Every year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccination.

 

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind adults that they need vaccines, too – the Langlade County Immunization Coalition is recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal disease.

 

The specific vaccines adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.

 

“There is a misconception among many adults that vaccines are just for kids,” said Sheila Rine, Chairperson of the Langlade County Immunization Coalition. “The truth is, you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”

 

To find out which vaccines might be right for you and where you can get vaccinated, visit your local provider or the Langlade County Health Department. Call 715-627-6250 for more information.

Off to the Future: Even Healthy Young Adults Need Vaccines

Think you outgrew the need for vaccines when you graduated from high school and moved out of your parents’ house? Not So. Every year, thousands of young adults in the U.S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations.

 

To highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life – and to help remind young adults that they need vaccines, too – the Langlade County Immunization Coalition is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. This is the perfect opportunity to make sure young adults are protected against diseases like flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV.

 

The specific vaccines young adults need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel, and previous vaccines. All young adults should talk to their health care providers about which vaccines are right for them.

 

“Immunizations are not just for children. Even healthy young adults need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Sheila Rine, Chairperson of the Langlade County Immunization Coalition. “The truth is you never outgrow the need for immunizations.”

 

To find out which vaccines might be right for you and where you can get vaccinated, visit your local provider or the Langlade County Health Department on the 4th Wed. of every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 715-627-6250 if you have any questions.

Send your Kids Back to School with their Vaccines Up to Date

Back-to-school season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.

 

To celebrate the importance of immunizations throughout life – and make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Langlade County Immunization Coalition is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.

 

“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Sheila Rine, Chairperson of the Langlade County Immunization Coalition. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to check with your doctor to find out what vaccines your child needs.”

 

Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.

 

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, and whooping cough.

 

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

 

School-age children need vaccines. For example, children who are 4 to 6 years old are due for boosters of four vaccines: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and polio. Older children, like preteens and teens, need Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate vaccine) and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccines when they are 11 to 12. In addition, yearly flu vaccines are recommended for all children 6 months and older.

 

Back to school vaccinations will be available at the Langlade County Health Department on August 27th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for children who do not have any insurance or who have Medical Assistance or Badgercare. If you have insurance, please make an appointment with your physician, to get your child up to date before school starts. If you are unsure if your child is current with their vaccines, please contact the Health Department at 715-627-6250 or your local physician.

A Health Start: Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

Immunization gives parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and sometimes deadly diseases before they turn 2 years old.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives – and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need – the Langlade County Immunization Coalition is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The week of August 3 – August 9 will focus specifically on babies from birth through age 2.

“Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness, and of having a severe case,” said Sheila Rine, Chairperson of the Langlade County Immunization Coalition. “Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious diseases. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional to make sure your child is up to date on all vaccines he or she needs.”

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough and chickenpox.

There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

  • Immunizations can protect your child from 14 serious diseases.
  • Vaccination is very safe and effective.
  • Immunizations can protect others you care about.
  • Immunization can save your family time and money.
  • Immunization protects future generations.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community – including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/index.html or Langlade County Health Department website at www.langladcountyhealth.org or call Langlade County Health Department at 715-627-6250.

 

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