Thanks to vaccines, many potentially dangerous and highly contagious diseases have been all but eradicated from the United States. Vaccinations are one of the most effective tools for safeguarding your health, and the team at Select Family Practice provides the vaccines you need to protect every member of your family. If you’d like to learn more about how to protect yourself with vaccines, call the Raleigh, North Carolina, office or use the online scheduling tool.
Vaccines protect both your family and the population at large from these potentially serious diseases:
Each of these diseases is highly contagious, which is why protecting yourself and others through vaccinations is so important.
One of the first steps you can take to protect your child’s health is vaccination, which you should complete within the first 15 months of their life. Some immunizations are combination vaccines, while others require boosters. The team at Select Family Practice is happy to sit down with you to provide you with the complete schedule of recommended vaccinations.
The short answer to this question is everyone 6 months and older. This annual vaccine changes from year to year as experts around the world track the virus to predict which strain will make the annual rounds. This massive and global effort has been successful, reducing your risk of flu by 40% to 60% each year.
A flu vaccine is also important for anyone who has a weakened immune system that can’t fight off the flu properly, typically the very young and the very old fall into these categories, as well as pregnant women and anyone with a preexisting medical condition.
In terms of timing, it’s best to vaccinate before the winter season, which is when the vaccines are available at Select Family Practice.
The health care providers at Select Family Practice recommend that anyone over the age of 65 be vaccinated against pneumonia, as well as children under the age of 2. As well, people of all ages with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, as well as smokers, should be vaccinated.
While vaccinations have done their job stateside, the same isn’t true in many countries around the world. If you’re traveling to a developing country, talk to one of the health care professionals at Select Family Practice about protecting yourself with vaccinations.
To learn more about which vaccines benefit your family most, call Select Family Practice or request an appointment with the online scheduler.