There have been some buzz-worthy topics thrown about in recent years regarding immunizations…

and why you should or should not get them for yourself or for your children, regardless of age. The reality is that immunizations are extremely important, and are often regarded as one of the greatest medical achievements within the past hundred years. Receiving immunizations has saved millions of lives in that timespan, and has nearly eliminated certain diseases that used to be far more rampant, such as small pox. Without immunizations, we would see far more people with the serious diseases prevented by vaccination.

In general, the majority of recommended immunizations are given at a very young age. It is important for parents to be able to give their children the best chance of success and health in their lives; vaccinations continue to be the best way to be able to offer this to your children.

In addition, pre-teens and teens should consider some vaccines for preventative health as well. The flu vaccination significantly decreases influenza infections. Additionally, teens benefit from vaccines for meningitis, HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis).

Adults also need vaccinations. Everyone should remain current with the tetanus vaccine. Adults can benefit from vaccination against shingles, pneumonia, and the flu as well.

As many healthy adults go about their lives, they sometimes forget about the importance of regular vaccines, such as the flu shot, or others such as tetanus. Ultimately, there are many determining factors that will play into the types of immunizations you may or may not need. Age is a factor, as well as your particular lifestyle and overall health. If you travel for work a lot, especially overseas, you may need more consistent immunizations. Your physician will be able to help make a determination regarding what vaccines are right for you.

Women who are pregnant may not realize that they can actually get vaccinated against some diseases, which in turn helps protect the baby much better. The CDC actually has guidelines in place to help determine which vaccinations the mother should receive before, during and after the pregnancy.

Here are some other helpful resources regarding immunizations and vaccines: