Prevent the Sicknesses

I’m going to go ahead a say it: Get your children vaccinated. Also, vaccinate yourself! If you need it—there are also vaccines for adults within certain categories we’ll talk about later.

From birth to about 18 months, your child should receive a variety of vaccines every few months. This includes Hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, and several others. This sounds like a lot to give your child, but it’s either a few sharp pokes, or a deadly disease.

Teenagers require a booster of the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines at 12-13 years as well as a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Between 14-16 they should also receive a vaccine for meningococcal ACWY.

After this phase of vaccines, men are set for several years during their adult life; women, on the other hand, should get immunized for pertussis and influenza if they become pregnant. The last thing you want to do is spread that to an unborn infant.

From there, most people are set until they reach 65 years old, which is when a pneumococcal vaccine should be administered. And between 70-79 years there should be a vaccine for shingles. So really, most of the vaccines a person will get, they won’t even remember getting.

Unfortunately, not everyone is the same and some people are also afflicted with things like heart disease, diabetes, chronic lung conditions, etc. If that’s the case, your doctor may encourage you to get an influenza booster now and then.

If you’re worried about the cost of immunizations, the state will actually fund the vaccines recommended in the National Immunization Program. But maybe that’s only a thing Americans tend to worry about…

Anyway, sure, there may be a small chance of getting the measles or HPV or whatever vaccine is on the list, but those people who developed that sickness thought they weren’t going to get it either. Why risk it? Keep your children and yourself safe from those sicknesses.

Information: Australian Government Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule

Queensland Government Queensland Health: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/diseases-infection/immunisation/schedule

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