Immunizations and Vaccination Care
What are Immunizations?
Immunizations, also called vaccines, are a way to create immunity to certain diseases. This is done by injecting using small amounts of a killed or weakened germ that causes the disease into the body – which allows the body to build up antibodies to resist the disease in the future. Immunizations are an important part of preventive care for everybody, but it is common for many people to believe “shots” are primarily a concern for children. Getting vaccinated can help to keep people, families and even entire communities healthy and safe.
Common Pediatric Immunizations
Getting the right immunizations during childhood is an important factor for long term health. The recommended immunizations for kids and teenagers include:
- Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DTaP)
- Hepatitis A vaccine (HepA)
- Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB)
- Hib vaccine
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
- Influenza vaccine
- Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR)
- Meningococcal vaccines
- Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV)
- Polio vaccine (IPV)
- Rotavirus vaccine
It’s important to note that, beyond personal care, a history of these vaccines is often required for daycare or college admissions.
Common Adult Immunizations
In particular, immunizations are important for older adults. Immune systems become weaker with age, which makes it more difficult to fight off infections. Older adults are not only more likely to acquire diseases like the flu or pneumonia - they are also more likely to suffer from complications that can lead to long-term illness, hospitalization or even death. Having a chronic health condition like diabetes or heart disease makes this risk even higher. Vaccines recommended for adults include:
- Seasonal influenza (flu) for all adults
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) for all adults who have not previously received a Tdap vaccine
- Shingles for healthy adults age 50 years and older
- Pneumococcal for adults age 65 years and older and adults with risk conditions
- Hepatitis B for adults who have diabetes or are at risk
Other vaccinations you may need include those that protect against HPV (human papillomavirus, which can cause certain cancers), hepatitis A, meningococcal disease, chickenpox (varicella), and measles, mumps, and rubella.
Immunization Offering at Adena Health System
Beyond age and presence of chronic diseases, there are other factors to consider when it comes to immunizations. Connect with a primary care specialist to learn more about immunizations for:
- Health care workers
- Military members
- Pregnant women
- Gay or bisexual men
- International Travelers
For more information about immunizations and other primary care services, request an appointment with one of Adena’s board-certified primary care physicians.
Primary care physicians are trained to look at you holistically and determine the root of your health problems. If you are having a health problem, they will order tests and consultations, if needed, with specialists.
In a day and age when personal connections with healthcare providers continue to become more challenging, Adena primary care physicians are taking steps to increase your access to them and in turn for you to receive the most personal care possible.
Need help finding a Primary Care Provider? Search Adena Health System online or call 740-779-FIND (3463).