Immunizations are important for everyone- not just babies.

As we discussed last time, the month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued its annual update of vaccination guidelines. You may wonder why new guidelines are released each year. They can’t change much, right?

The recommendations for 2011 are very similar to those from 2010, but the release of the revised schedule reminds parents to ensure that their children’s immunizations are up to date.With children going back to school, the release of this information reminds parents and physicians to make sure that their children and patients have received the proper doses of these vaccines.

Dr. Michael Brady, the chairman of the AAP infectious disease committee, points out that “immunizations have been the most effective medical preventive measure ever developed, but some people who live in the United States right now don’t appreciate how tremendously protected they’ve been because of vaccines. There are still children around the world dying of measles and polio. The vaccination schedules are designed to get vaccines to the child before they are at the greatest risk.” NIAM is all about prevention, and doctors or all fields and all over the country are supporting the cause in an effort to keep individuals and the greater population protected from the onset of very harmful diseases.

The AAP recommends the following:

Children and teens should receive the recommended whooping cough vaccines. Children ages 7 to 10 years who have not been previously vaccinated against the disease need a single does of the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and Tdap vaccines. Teens ranging in age from 13 to 18 years who never received the Tdap should get the vaccine as well as a Td booster every 10 years. All girls should receive the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, which can be given between the ages of 9 and 18 years in a three-dose series. Children under the age of 5 should get the haemophilus influenza type b vaccine to prevent the bacterial disease. Routine childhood vaccines, including those for the rotavirus, polio virus, MMR, and varicella, should be received at the suggested ages.

Dr. Randy LaFrom, a comprehensive care dentist in San Jose, California, strives to help his patients lead healthy lives. For information about how to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy to prevent the onset of serious oral and overall health conditions, call LaFrom Dentistry at (408) 996-8595.

~ by cupertinodentist on August 28, 2011.

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