Every year, tens of thousands of Americans get sick from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. Some people who become ill from vaccine preventable diseases (VPDs) are hospitalized and some even die. Immunizations are the best way to protect against these diseases. Vaccines are recommended for children, teens, and adults based on different factors like age, health conditions, lifestyle, jobs, and travel.Why Are Immunizations Important?
What Diseases Can Vaccines Prevent?
Are Vaccines Safe?Vaccines are safe. There may be occasional side effects, such as pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Although extremely rare, a severe reaction may occur in people who are allergic to any component of the vaccine. Some individuals (such as pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems) are advised not to get certain vaccines. Consult with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.Vaccines for Infants and ChildrenThere are many vaccines recommended for infants and children. Some of these vaccines are now required for school entry. Here are some guidelines for parents:
Low cost immunizations are offered by the Sacramento County Immunization Assistance Program for children (18 years and younger) without insurance coverage. No child will be turned away even if parents cannot afford to pay for them. Vaccines for Pre-Teens, Teens, and AdultsRecommended vaccines are also available for pre-teens/teens and adults since they are also at risk of getting sick with VPDs, such as meningococcal disease, mumps, pertussis (whopping cough), influenza, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and pneumonia. Consult with your health care providers before receiving any vaccinations. Vaccines for Pregnant WomenCertain vaccines are recommended for pregnant women, such as the influenza and pertussis (whopping cough) vaccines. However there are certain vaccines that pregnant women should not get. Consult with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations. Vaccines for TravelersPersons traveling to other countries should receive recommended vaccines depending on the type of VPDs that are most common in that country. Some vaccines require several doses so it is important to plan ahead and get vaccinated before traveling. Consult with your health care provider before receiving any vaccinations.
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