Welcome to the end of summer and the beginning of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! People’s Center Health Services wants to use this time to increase awareness about immunizations, from infants to the elderly.
Why are immunizations important?
Immunization is among the most incredible public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States, and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, rubella, and other many diseases that were once a societal bane.
Despite the miracle of modern vaccines, people in the United States still contract these diseases and die from them. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, you can safely protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community from life-threatening infections.
Who should be immunized?
Getting immunized is a lifelong community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background, or country of origin. Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life. Protect yourself from disease by following these immunization schedules—for children and adolescents and for adults.
When are immunizations given?
Because children are especially vulnerable to infection, most vaccines are given during the first five to six years of life. (Check out this parents’ guide to childhood immunization to learn more.) Other immunizations are recommended during adolescent or adult years and, for certain vaccines, booster immunization are recommended throughout life. Vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered while traveling abroad are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world. (Source: CDC)
And what about Jenny McCarthy?
Actress and comedian, Jenny McCarthy, controversially claimed that the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine gave her young son autism. While she is choosing to not give her son any more vaccinations, she does not encourage parents to do the same—and neither do the dozens of studies that prove that vaccinations are perfectly safe. Read more about Jenny and the autism debate in this TIME article.
Get vaccinated at People’s Center Health Services!
People’s Center Health Services brings convenience, quality, and low costs to health care and that applies to immunization and vaccinations as well. We pride ourselves on quick access, even same day or walk-in appointments available. So, no need to fret about the back to school rush at the doctor’s office here. Your appointment, or your child’s appointment, will be quick, easy, and stress-free!
Your child’s appointment will be with Deborah Olson, our Certified Nurse Practitioner-Pediatrics. Deborah came to the People’s Center Health Services in July, 2006. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, Deborah went on to receive her Masters Degree at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. Her work experience includes time in both the obstetrics and pediatric departments at HCMC as a staff nurse. She came to the People’s Center because of her interest in primary care with a diverse population of clients.
Her primary duties are to provide preventative and acute care for children from newborn to 21 years of age, and she “loves watching my patients grow and thrive while I’m able to build connections with the families.”
So, take advantage of our caring staff and affordable services and call today to make your child’s appointment with Deborah Olson: 612-333-4973.