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NewsGet Kids Vaccinated Over the Summer
Thanks to immunizations, there are a number of diseases you hardly ever hear about any more. Smallpox, for instance, has been mostly eradicated by vaccines. Polio is rarely even mentioned these days.
“Over the years, vaccines have prevented countless cases of disease and saved millions of lives,” said Dr. Sarah Grauman, Fremont Health Family Care physician. “Polio was once America’s most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.”
Many parents think that kids are done with vaccinations before they are adolescents. However, there are vaccines that preteens and teens should get to stay healthy, and most states require certain vaccinations before school starts again in the fall.
While your kids should get a flu vaccine every year, there are three other vaccines for preteens that should be given when kids are 11- 12 years old. All of these vaccines are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The vaccines for preteens and teens are:
“Keeping your children up to date with vaccinations is the best way to protect your community and schools from outbreaks that cause unnecessary illnesses and deaths,” said Dr. Grauman. “Getting every recommended dose of every vaccine provides children the best protection possible.”
There are several opportunities when you can make sure your child gets the vaccines he or she needs—at any healthcare visit, including ones for sports or camp physicals.
To learn more about the vaccines for preteens and teens visit: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teens
Dr. Sarah Grauman sees patients of all ages at Fremont Health Family Care in Fremont and Lake Wanahoo Medical Clinic in Wahoo. Appointments can be made by calling (402) 727-1091.
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