Wellness Notes – August 2014

WELLNESS NOTES

“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you’” (Luke 10:9)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! The importance of knowing and RECEIVING the immunizations to prevent illness is important for every age. Awareness of the pro and con theories for infant vaccination is important to discuss with your Physician and encourage families to keep immunization schedules up to date.   Assuring that teens update vaccinations, especially those that may have a life long impact on their health is of utmost importance. Seniors feel they don’t need to be mindful of immunizations, but Flu, Shingles, Pneumonia, and Tetanus are vitally important in 60+ age group.   Take this table to your Physician and assure that YOU are covered, and remind your neighbors, family, and friends of this important wellness responsibility.

 

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Age Group 19-21 years 22-26 years 27-49 years 50-59 years 60-64 years ? 65 years
Influenza 2,* ?1 dose annually?
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap) 3,* Substitute 1-time dose of Tdap for Td booster; then boost with Td every 10 yrs
Varicella 4,* ?2 doses?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) Female 5,* ?3 doses?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) Male 5,* ?3 doses?
Zoster 6 ?1 dose?
Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) 7,* ?1 or 2 doses?
Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate (PCV13)8,* ?1 dose?
Pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV23)9,10 ?1 or 2 doses? ?1 dose?
Meningococcal 11,* ?1 or more doses?
Hepatitis A 12,* ?2 doses?
Hepatitis B 13,* ?3 doses?
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)14,* ?1 or 3 doses?

                                                                    Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN

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