Is Your Child Up-to-Date on Immunizations?
At Sanford Health, we want to make sure you and your family are protected against illness, and one of the best ways to do that is through immunizations. Immunizations have protected millions of kids from potentially deadly diseases and saved thousands of lives. Certain diseases have become so rare because of wide-spread immunizations that many parents are currently questioning whether their children need them. But this is a common misconception as most diseases that vaccines prevent against still exist.
We recommend patients between the ages of 11 and 26 receive the following three immunizations:
- HPV: The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given over six months and prevents certain kinds of cancer
- Tdap: A tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough booster to prevent jaw tightening, muscle spasms, issues breathing and severe coughing
- MCV: The meningitis vaccine and booster prevents issues with the membranes surrounding the brain and spine
Side effects and reactions from the vaccines are minor and can include:
- Redness and swelling at injection site
- Soreness at injection site
And while immunizations are extremely important, there are a few reasons why they should be delayed.
- If you are currently sick, although simple colds or other minor illnesses should not prevent immunization
- If you had an allergic reaction to the first dose of the HPV vaccine
- If you have had a severe allergic reaction to yeast
- If you are pregnant
- If you have a bleeding disorder (discuss with your hematologist)
Call your local Sanford provider to make an appointment today.