The Importance of Vaccinating Your Child

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5 Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

For parents, it is important to see your child happy and healthy. One of the ways you can ensure your child’s health is through vaccinations. Below are five reasons why you should vaccinate your child:

  1. Immunizations save lives.  In the past, children were killed from numerous diseases due to the lack of technology and preventative medications. Today, medical advancements can protect your child against these diseases. Take polio for example, it was considered one of the deadliest diseases in the United States. Ultimately, a vaccine is what stopped it from reoccurring. Immunizations offer protection and are effective.
  2. Immunizations are safe. Healthcare professionals have carefully reviewed immunizations to guarantee that they are safe. Vaccines are thoroughly tested before being released to the public. While vaccines can cause some redness and discomfort at the injection site, they do not compare to the pain felt after contracting a disease. Some side effects such as an allergic reaction can occur, but they are very rare. The benefits of a vaccine outweigh any potential side effects.
  3. Vaccines protect others. Without vaccines, people with weakened immune systems are more at risk. When your child is vaccinated not only are you keeping them safe, but your family and loved ones as well.
  4. Vaccines save money.  Vaccine-preventable diseases can cause your child to be denied from school or daycare. They can also create disabilities for your child long-term. This causes financial stress from lost time at work, medical bills or long-term disability care.
  5. Immunizations have a long-term effect on future generations. Vaccines reduce and even eliminate diseases that harmed people only a few generations ago. Smallpox is a disease that no longer exists due to immunizations. Through continual vaccinations, parents may be able to trust that some of these diseases will no longer be around to harm their children in the future.

Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Below are ten routine childhood vaccines that protect children from these 14 diseases.

  • DTaP: Protects against Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis
  • MMR: Protects against Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • HepA: Protects against Hepatitis A
  • HepB: Protects against Hepatitis B
  • Hib: Protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Flu: Protects against Influenza
  • PCV13: Protects against Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio: Protects against Polio
  • RV: Protects against Rotavirus
  • Varicella: Protects against Chickenpox

With school just around the corner, immunization is important when it comes to protecting your child’s health. Make sure to check with your doctor to confirm that your child is up-to-date on their vaccinations.

How Pharmacists can Help

Pharmacists are also in a unique position to identify those patients who are in target groups for certain vaccinations. They may also be able to ease the fears of many patients by providing them with facts such as clinical data and by dispelling common misconceptions and myths about vaccinations; they can also stress the significant risks associated with not being vaccinated.2

Tria Health was founded on the belief that pharmacists play a vital role in the management of high-risk patients. With Tria, you have the option of receiving a one-on-one private consultation with one of Tria Health’s pharmacists over the phone. During your consultation, your pharmacist will review all your current medications, including vitamins, supplements and lifestyle habits. Your pharmacist will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding vaccinations.

Sources:

1. https://apic.org/monthly_alerts/five-important-reasons-to-vaccinate-your-child/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIutez1cGY6wIVEfDACh124woNEAAYAiAAEgLspfD_BwE

2.https://www.pharmacytimes.com/publications/issue/2019/january2019/adult-vaccination-rates-are-rising-but-fall-short

10 Things You Should Know About Shingles

  1. Shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox.
  2. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus stays dormant in your body and is typically expressed in adults as Shingles.
  3. This rash is expressed along certain nerves in your body leading to severe pain.
  4. Unfortunately, about 1 person for every 5 people with the Shingles will suffer from long term nerve pain (also known as post-herpetic neuralgia) even after the rash has healed.
  5. Shingles is not contagious and cannot be transmitted from one person to the other.
  6. On very rare occasions, people who have never had chickenpox could get chickenpox if they come in contact with a person who has Shingles.
  7. The Shingle vaccine (Zostavax©) is recommended for people over the age of 60 who have ever had or been exposed to chickenpox.
  8. Most medical insurance will cover the Shingles vaccine if administered in a physician’s office.  Some prescription insurance may cover a portion of the vaccine if administered in a pharmacy.
  9. The vaccine can prevent the development of shingles in 50% of cases and more importantly, can prevent the development of post-herpetic neuralgia (severe nerve pain) in over 80% of cases.
  10.  People who are immunocompromised or on immunosuppressive medications should not receive the Shingles vaccine.  Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should also not receive the vaccine.

If you have questions about Shingles or the Shingles vaccine, talk to your Tria Pharmacist or other health care provider. For information about Tria Health, visit www.triahealth.com.

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Tria’s Savvy Consumer Tip: Whooping Cough Vaccination

Recent reports of whooping cough outbreaks in Wisconsin and Texas have highlighted the importance of proper vaccination schedules.  Whooping cough is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious illness in babies, especially in those who are too young to start their vaccination series.  The best way to protect babies against whooping cough is to ensure all persons in contact with baby have been recently vaccinated.

Vaccination Guidelines by Demographic

Pregnant Women:

The Centers for Disease Control recommend that pregnant women receive a one-time dose of Tdap, the whooping cough vaccine, between the 27th and 36th week of EACH pregnancy.

Children and Adults:

For other children and adults, a one-time dose of Tdap is recommended for most people 11 years and older.  A repeat vaccination is only necessary for pregnant women.

Newborns:

The current recommendation is for a total of 5 doses of DTaP, one at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years.

Keep you and your family safe by ensuring you all are whooping cough vaccinated.