HEALTH DEPARMENT

Immunizations, also called vaccinations, are a series of shots given to infants and children at different ages to help keep them from developing dangerous childhood diseases. The diseases that vaccinations protect against have serious complications and can even be fatal. Making sure your child receives immunizations when scheduled is the best way to help protect your child.

Immunizations is key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them, because the infection can no longer spread. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from infections, such as whooping cough and chickenpox.

Although children receive the majority of the vaccinations, adults also need to stay up -to-date on certain vaccinations, including tetanus and diphtheria. In addition, those adults who have never had chickenpox or measles during childhood (not the vaccines against these specific diseases) should consider being vaccinated. Childhood illnesses such as mumps, measles and chickenpox can cause serious complications in adults. Many childhood diseases can now be prevented by following recommended guidelines for vaccinations. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians have approved a series of vaccinations for all children to protect them against diseases.

Required immunizations are provided for children from birth through the age of 18. These include Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Polio, Meningitis, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Chicken Pox. For adults, MMR, Hepatitis B, Tetanus. Flu and Pneumonia vaccinations are provided in the fall. Fees may apply to all immunizations. Please call 704-216-8786 for an appointment.

 The Adult Vaccination Resources Library (AVRL) gathers adult immunization resources into one location, allowing healthcare providers and the general public to pinpoint adult immunization resources that can be used in a clinic setting or for individual education.