By Dr. Irene Cara, Co-Founder of the Family Caregiver Alliance and author of Right Where You Want to Be
After celebrating Thanksgiving and sharing pleasant, holiday activities with family and friends, often the holiday break can seem like a vacation from work, meals and sometimes the rigors of illness, home help and responsibilities at work. Unfortunately, for some, this transition into the new year can be a slow way of falling off the wagon, putting off the annual annual checkups, even more important after the children start school.
Despite the fact that almost all diseases can be prevented, without cure, by vaccines, family members can be the first victims of illness. From pink eye to bronchitis, from shingles to pneumonia, family members can be affected in ways they never anticipated. And from a one off illness that strikes a family member to the overall health and well-being of the whole household, whether it’s just a scratchy throat, a sniffling nose or a high fever that lasts a couple of days, everyone is affected.
With the viral epidemic in places like the United Kingdom being characterized as a bit out of control, it’s important to get vaccines to save both the health of you and your family. This can include many of the vaccinations commonly recommended and recommended for pediatricians. It can include for example, hepatitis B vaccines, flu shots and vaccinations against rotavirus, tetanus, shingles, and HPV (a kind of cancer-causing virus) vaccines.
Many parents think that the vaccines their children are not getting because they are young might be inadequate to guard against the disease, or at least that their child is too young to receive the vaccine. For example, Dr. Lee Carter from the Australian National Swine Veterinarian Service says, “Do not use your intuition as a parent or an adult medical professional. Pick up the phone and call your local GPs (general practitioners) or local clinics. We do have a huge response from the community of doctors willing to help” (in a blog post by Dr. Carter, The Risks of Vaccine Non-Enrollment are Much Larger Than You Think – Vaccines – Choosing yours Should Take Practical Concerns, NOT Ill-Prepared Parent)
When vaccines are not administered according to medical guidelines the vaccine may not be covered by any insurance. It may also be necessary to visit your doctor for certain vaccines. If it is a strain of a vaccine that can no longer be administered because the effective dose is past expiration, for example pertussis, there may be an additional cost to treat it at your local clinic, clinic or pharmacy. For these reasons, parents should consider a variety of factors before choosing to delay certain vaccines as to ensure that any condition that may require vaccines is prevented or not inadvertently triggered.
From relatively early onset of illness to the most powerful class of vaccines, which is a vaccine known as an adjuvant, your family’s health is at stake when vaccines are not given according to medical guidelines. Your child could be at an increased risk for infection, if he or she is not receiving the vaccine or having the vaccine in doses that are inadequate or, worse yet, in doses that are not administered at all.
If you have questions, concerns or are seeking more information about vaccines, you can ask your local pediatrician or doctor’s office. They may be open to your questions.
A parent’s role in the healthcare of her child is, of course, paramount to his or her well-being. So, you want to make sure that he or she receives the recommended vaccines. If you have questions, concerns or are seeking more information about vaccines, you can ask your local pediatrician or doctor’s office. They may be open to your questions.
The annual schedule of vaccinations in Australia covers the entire year, with the most recent vaccinations to be administered at a local clinic or clinic in your community. For parents who are experiencing busy times with work or other appointments, sometimes it’s difficult to find a doctor on the day of your appointments. The good news is that there are vaccine clinics in your area that are open most days of the week, and sometimes even weekends, providing families with good access to easy access to necessary vaccines.
Each year over 120,000 children under 5 years of age are treated in children’s hospitals for infectious diseases and over 5,000 children are admitted each year to intensive care units with related complications, according to the Australian National Swine Veterinarian Service (NVS). Over time,