Immunizations: Are You and Your Children Current?

According to the CDC, vaccine preventable disease are at or near an all time low. This could lead people to believe that these diseases are not a concern and immunizations may not be as important as they once were. But this is not true; vaccine preventable diseases have not been eradicated. The potential for outbreaks of disease remains in under-immunized children, adolescents and adults. Recent events here in Montana show that outbreaks can occur close to home and serve as an important reminder that immunizations are vital for a healthy community.

Immunizations are not just for babies! Frequently when people think of immunizations, infant or school required vaccinations are what come to mind. It is true that certain vaccinations are required for school-age children, but it’s important to remember that many are highly recommended for people of all ages. Some vaccines, such as DTaP, require boosters; protection from the childhood vaccine wears off and a different dose called Tdap is needed. It’s also possible that as people get older they become more susceptible to certain illnesses, and certain vaccines aren’t even recommended until the preteen, teen or older adult years.

A step you can take to protect your children and community is by reviewing your family’s immunization records and ensuring they are up-to-date. If you do not have copies, they can be obtained from your medical provider or your child’s school. The City-County Health Department also may be able to access them. These records can be confusing, so if you have questions, discuss the records with a medical provider or one of CCHD’s knowledgeable Public Health Nurses.

It’s important to keep in mind that immunizations do not only protect the individual receiving them from disease. When you and your children are vaccinated, you are also protecting those that have not been immunized, including infants and children too young to recieve the vaccination and individuals with certain health conditions or compromised immune systems.

CCHD offers vaccinations on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11:30am and Wednesdays through Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30am and 1:00 to 4:30pm. No appointment is necessary. All payment types and insurances are accepted. NO CHILD IS DENIED IMMUNIZATIONS DUE TO INABILITY TO PAY!

For more information on vaccines, vaccine preventable diseases and the services offered at CCHD, visit the Immunizations program online or call 454-6950 and ask to speak with a Public Health Nurse.

Learn more about Pertussis and Pertussis outbreaks by clicking here.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a wide range of information on vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.