I didn't only do it for myself.
Teens who get vaccinated help protect the ones who can't.
Vaccines for some of our most dangerous contagious illnesses are given between age 11 and age 18. And millions of U.S. teens are missing theirs – some without even knowing it.
Since even healthy teens can carry sickness, that puts everyone at risk. Including those who can’t get vaccinated for themselves.
Finding out if you’re behind on vaccinations – and then getting caught back up – is easy. But don’t just do it for yourself. Do it for everybody.
In 2019, more than 30,000 people died of influenza in the U.S. We now know that some diseases can be even more contagious – and more deadly.
But this one already has a vaccine. All we have to do is use it.
Fewer than half of Americans get a flu shot every year. Immunizations aren’t 100% effective – but when more of us do our part, fewer of us will be put in danger. We can make the flu less deadly. We can do it for each other. We’ve already got a shot.
The CDC recommends vaccination for teens according to the following schedule.
Your teen’s doctor will have records of all vaccinations so far – but when it’s time for a new immunization, they won’t necessarily call to tell you that. You can call your doctor right now and simply ask if your teen’s up to date on vaccinations. If not, they’ll schedule an appointment for you. It’s that simple.
The flu is seasonal, so everybody in your family needs a new shot every year. You can call your doctor for one any time, beginning when the weather cools in Fall.
Don’t have a regular healthcare professional? Call VNA at (630) 892-4355. We have Health Centers all over the Chicago suburbs, and we make care affordable for families with all kinds of insurance or none at all.
Visit one of VNA Health Care’s Catch-Up Clinics today for a quick, convenient way to get caught up on your medical needs.
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There are a lot of misunderstandings around vaccines and just how they work. How many of these have you heard?
We don’t need vaccines if we’re healthy.
That’s not true. When healthy people get immunized, it lowers their chance of carrying diseases to people like babies or those with health risks who can’t take vaccines themselves. Your immunization protects you and those around you.
Vaccines have dangerous additives in them.
Vaccines are not dangerous – but they are complex. If you’re worried about this, just ask your doctor for more information about where your vaccines came from. Most people usually feel better when they learn more about what they are taking or giving their children. We want them to be safe too!.
Vaccines are linked to autism.
That’s not true. This idea came from one falsified study in 1998 that got repeated enough to stick around, like bad gossip, even after being proven false.
Flu shots give you the flu.
That’s not true either. While flu shots are made using a strain of flu, it isn’t active so it cannot make you sick. Some people feel tired or rundown for a day or two after receiving their flu shot and this is because their body is building defenses so they don’t get sick if they are exposed to flu later in the season. And that’s a good thing.
Flu shots don’t work.
That’s not true – at least, not in the ways that count. Most years, flu shots are 40-50% effective at actually stopping you from getting influenza. But even for people who still get sick, flu shots make the sickness less extreme. A shot will have you feeling better sooner, it will keep you safer, and it will slow the spread of the disease to friends and family.