Vaccinations play an essential role in the health of both children and adults. The types of vaccinations for each group is different, but they’re all equally as important. Ensuring you or your child is receiving the necessary vaccines on the correct schedule is vital to maintaining a healthy and happy society.
AFC Urgent Care Bridgeport is here to provide a brief overview of everything you need to know about vaccinations for yourself, your child, and your travels.
Children begin receiving vaccinations at birth including the hepatitis B vaccine. At two months, they receive the second dose of hepatitis B. At two months they also receive:
- D TaP – this protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
- Hib – influenza type b
- IPV – polio
- PCV – pneumococcal conjugate
- RV – rotavirus
At four months the infant receives a second set of these vaccinations. At six months, the infant receives a third set of each except the IPV vaccine. Booster shots of these vaccines are given throughout the child’s life as well. Beginning at six months, your child can annually receive the flu vaccine. In addition, HepA, HPV, and MMR vaccinations are also administered routinely as your child gets older.
Adult vaccinations will vary slightly depending on medical status, occupation, and other risk factors. All adults should receive their flu vaccine each year. A Tdap booster is administered every ten years of your adult life. Varicella and HPV vaccinations are also administered during adult life, typically between the ages of 19-26. Discuss your occupation and other risk factors with your physician to determine if you need to receive additional vaccinations.
Travel vaccinations are special vaccinations, for both adults and children, that should only be given when you plan to travel out of the country. International travel exposes you to viruses and diseases we don’t have here in the USA, which means we have no natural antibodies against them.
Travel vaccinations are vital for preventing the spread of those international diseases into the USA, as well as giving you a healthy traveling experience. If you or your family plan to travel outside of the country, you should discuss what travel vaccinations you need with your physician 4-6 weeks before the scheduled travel dates. The CDC also offers vaccination clinics around the country to administer travel vaccinations.
No matter how young or old you are, vaccines are an essential part of maintaining the health of not only yourself but for society as a whole.