Amy Pisani: Hi! My name is Amy Pisani and I am the Executive Director of Every Child by Two.
Today, I am talking about immunizations and during this video I will be discussing vaccines that you need throughout your lifetime.
Due to major advances in medical research, young children can now be protected from 15 life-threatening diseases through immunizations. An immunization don't stop when you become a teenager, adolescents and adults can also be protected against many serious vaccine-preventable diseases.
Most infants and toddlers receive all recommended vaccines before they reach the age of 3. However, many children, adolescents and adults are under-immunized and remain vulnerable to outbreaks of disease.
Dr. Paul Offit: The first immunization for infants is the Hepatitis B vaccine which is really given very soon after birth, and that then starts you on a series of vaccines that you receive at two months, four months, six months, again then in the second year of life, that will help protect you against diseases that can cause suffering and hospitalization and death.
Amy Pisani: Children age of 7-18 need to receive vaccines often in the form of booster shots, in order to prevent against illnesses such as Human Papillomavirus also known as HPV, Pneumonia, Meningitis, Pertussis, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis A and Influenza.
Parent should also determine whether their children have received the full series of the Hepatitis B, Polio, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chickenpox vaccinations when they were younger. If they not, they may require catch-up immunizations in order to remain protective.
Finally, let's not forget that as adults we also need several vaccines.
Dr. Paul Offit: So adult should get a yearly influenza vaccine. Every 10 years they should get Tetanus Diphtheria Vaccine, at least some where in there; say should also get Tetanus Diphtheria Vaccine that contains the Pertussis or whooping cough component.
If they haven't been immunized against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chickenpox, they also need to get those vaccines, similarly for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis A if they haven't been immunized or naturally infected they should receive those vaccines. So there are number of vaccines that adults need to consider.
Amy Pisani: All people 60 years of age and older should receive one dose of Zoster Vaccine to protect against shingles and those 65 and older require one dose of Pneumococcal Vaccine. In addition to your doctor's office, you can get vaccinated at variety of locations including Walk-In Medical Clinics located in your local pharmacy, health departments and other medical facilities.
The providers other than your physician you should call ahead for vaccine availability and to find out if there are age restrictions.
To determine which vaccines you and your family need and at what ages, it's best to talk to your doctor.
Well there are many illnesses against we cannot protect ourselves, we are fortunate that vaccines are available against some of the most dangerous diseases.
To view the recommended immunization schedule for children, adolescents and adults, please visit vaccinateyourbaby.