Camelback Health Care is your one-stop immunization source. Immunizations are recommended because they protect against diseases (give immunity) and make a disease less severe if it is contracted. Immunizations should start with newborns, through childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. Our knowledgeable staff can answer any questions you may have about immunizations and vaccines and can provide you with the recommended protection at any age.
Immunization has saved millions of lives over the years and has prevented hundred of millions of cases of disease. Immunization of children not only protects them from very serious diseases but it also protects their friends and classmates from the same diseases, protects future generations, and helps rid the world of diseases.
For more information read The Parents’ Guide to Childhood Immunizations which helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in helping keep children healthy available from the CDC.
Your need for immunizations does not end when you reach adulthood. The specific shots (injections) you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, gender, lifestyle, type and locations of travel, overall health, and previous immunizations. Tetanus and diphtheria shots need to be repeated every 10 years throughout adulthood in order to keep your immunity.
The Schedules lists the ages (birth through 6 years old and 7 through 18 years old) for when each vaccine or series of shots is to be given. If your child or adolescent has missed any shots, consult the catch-up schedule AND check us about getting back on track.
The Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years are approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip), the American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (www.aafp.org).
Influenza (Flu) Vaccines
The flu is a contagious respiratory disease caused by an influenza virus. In the U.S., flu outbreaks typically occur in winter months. Symptoms include fever, chills, sore muscles, and cough. Thousands of people in the U.S. die each year from the flu or its complications. Most of those who die are the elderly, young children, or people with compromised immune systems.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, anyone who wants to reduce their risk of the flu can get a flu shot. The flu shot is approved for anyone older that 6 months of age. Some people have a higher risk of the disease. You should be vaccinated each year if you:
- Are 50 years of age or older
- Have chronic lung or heart disease
- Have sickle cell anemia and other hemoglobinopathies
- Live in a nursing homeor extended care facilities
- Live in any type of housing where there arechronic health problems
- Have kidney disease, anemia, severe asthma, diabetes, or chronic liver disease
- Have a weakened immune system (including those with cancer or HIV/AIDS)
- Receive long-term treatment with steroids for any condition
- Expect to be past the 3rd month of pregnancy during the flu season
If you have any questions about immunizations and vaccines please contact us.