August Is Immunization Awareness Month

The month of August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), which is designed to emphasize the critical need for vaccinations and immunization regardless of your age.

In order to fully understand the various benefits that are achieved through the process of receiving vaccinations and immunizations – which includes the prevention of serious diseases that can sometimes be fatal -it will be beneficial to define the difference between these two terms. 

Defining Immunizations And Vaccines

The U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) has stated that vaccinations can be characterized as the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease. Vaccines are the products that stimulate your system to become immune to a disease. This is accomplished through injections with a needle, or by administering the vaccines into the nose or mouth.

The CDC has also defined immunizations as the process through which the vaccination will protect each individual against disease. Once you have become immune to a disease through the process of receiving a vaccination, then you will not be infected by a disease even if you are exposed to it.

The Advantages Of Immunizations And Vaccines

The most significant benefit to making sure that you and your family are immunized is clear, in that it will deliver protection from a number of diseases.

The vaccines that you or your child receive will assist in the development of immunity by mirroring specific infections. This process does not result in an actual illness, but it does compel the immune system to produce the same response that would take place if a genuine infection were to transpire.

The imitation of infections by vaccines will enable the body to identify an infection itself if bacteria or viruses invade the body and begin to multiply. If that occurs, the body will have been equipped with the tools to combat the infection.

That is the process of building immunity, as the ability of the body to recognize infection also causes the creation of cells that fight that disease whenever it does emerge. These cells are referred to as antibodies.

This not only will safeguard you and your family from diseases, but the vaccination process also stops diseases from spreading to other families throughout your community.

Preventing the expansion of disease is certainly an objective of health care. But immunizations also provide the additional advantage of savings, since the cost of vaccinations is lower than the expense of treatment for an epidemic.

The end result of immunizations does not only become advantageous for you and those that you know, but it also safeguards against the progression of unwanted health issues to an enormous number of people who you do not know.

The conditions that can be avoided through immunizations include measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, rubella, mumps, tetanus, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b – which is also referred to as Hib. A vaccine has already virtually eliminated smallpox, which was considered to be among the most devastating diseases in our history.

Immunizations For Children And Teens

Immunizations supply parents with the ability to safeguard their children from a number of diseases with a process can begin during infancy, and continue through adolescence. Otherwise, some of these conditions can result in hospitalizations or even death if they are contracted.

According to the CDC, children under the age of two can be protected from a total of 14 different diseases through the use of vaccinations. This specific diseases are chickenpox, diphtheria, flu, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hib (which causes meningitis and pneumonia), measles, mumps, polio, pneumococcal (a bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia, and sinus infections), rotavirus (a potentially serious disease that impacts the intestines and stomach), rubella, tetanus, and whooping cough.

In addition to the benefits of protecting children under age 2 from disease, immunizations are required for enrollment in most schools and day care facilities. The list of immunizations that are recommended specifically for your children between the ages of 0-6 includes hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rotavirus, diphtheria, Haemophilus, poliovirus, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), and meningococcal.

There is also a collection of vaccinations that can be beneficial for preteens and teenagers. since there have been instances in which the effectiveness of some immunizations have diminished over time. The list of these vaccines includes Tdap, HPV, meningococcal, and influenza.  

There are also some vaccinations that can be helpful if your teen or preteen missed them for any reason when he or she was younger. These include varicella, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, and polio.

Immunizations For Older Adults

The CDC has also recommended that all adults that are 50 years of age or older should receive a shingles vaccine, in part because nearly 1 out of every 3 people in the U.S. will encounter this condition during their lifetime.  It is also recommended that all adults who are 65 years of age or older receive pneumococcal vaccines. this will safeguard these older adults from infections that can emerge in the lungs and bloodstream.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help

If you have any questions about immunizations or are considering making sure that your need for vaccinations has been addressed, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. Not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care. This includes our assistance in obtaining vaccinations and immunizations.

Our Primary Care 

Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This includes:

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

Our Urgent Care

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.

Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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