Time To Vaccinate

Female doctor places a bandage on teenage female patient's arm. The patient received an immunization in her arm.August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the perfect time to make sure you and your children are up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccinations for your age group. Staying current on vaccinations is important not only for your and your child’s health but also for those around you.

Children (birth to age 18)

Vaccinating children is important because it helps them get immunity from preventable diseases, which could be life-threatening without a vaccine.

After your baby is born, they should receive their first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine. From there, your child’s pediatrician should inform you of the appropriate vaccines for your child at each age. Some of the recommended vaccines include but are not limited to, Hepatitis, Tetanus, Polio, Rotavirus, Chicken Pox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), and HPV. The COVID-19 Vaccine is also approved and recommended for children 6 Months and older.

Adults (age 18+)

In adulthood, it is recommended for adults to continue to get the influenza vaccine each year. The COVID-19 Vaccine is also recommended for all adults.

Adults age 60+ should also receive the Shingles vaccine, and those 65+ are also recommended to receive the Pneumonia vaccine. You should always consult your primary care provider first to make sure you are receiving the correct vaccines for your age group.

Vaccinating yourself and your children is vital to helping you and your family live a healthier and safer life. Looking for a primary care provider or pediatrician? Visit riversidehealthcare.org/providers to find a provider that fits your needs.