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Immunizations for the Fall Season

Immunizations for the Fall Season
Kevin Cleary

Keeping current with immunizations is important in preserving your health and wellness! As we approach the Autumn season, this is the perfect time to access what you may need for a healthy Winter season!  

Each season poses a different set of challenges and issues. Whether it’s for Fall allergies, required school immunizations, or dealing with the latest viral pandemic, getting immunized is your best defense against getting sick.   

CDC Recommendations  

As school starts in the Fall, students need required vaccinations/immunizations for school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends those immunizations required for each child. These can include immunizations for:  

  • Polio  
  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)  
  • TDAP (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis)  
  • Hepatitis B  
  • Rotavirus  
  • Chickenpox  

As children age, your pediatrician may recommend other vaccines such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the flu shot (influenza), and meningococcal disease. You should check with the school district to see what shots your children require.  

Yes, COVID-19  

Unbelievably, COVID-19, AKA the coronavirus, is still with us. According to the CDC, every American over six months is eligible for vaccination. They also recommend booster shots for everyone five years of age or older. This Fall, pharmaceutical companies are reportedly changing the formulation of their vaccines to be more effective against the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, which is the prominent strain of the virus so far. Consult your doctor to see if taking a booster is right for you. Check the CDC website tool to see if/when you are eligible for a booster.

These booster shots can be a major component in keeping people out of the hospital, possibly having long-term effects or even dying from this virus. The CDC also recommends that certain groups of people with specific ailments should be vaccinated and boosted. They include:  

  • Those with allergies  
  • Immunocompromised  
  • Homebound people  
  • Long-term care facility residents  

Vaccines for Seniors  

If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, our elderly population is more susceptible to viruses - especially respiratory viruses. The CDC recommends our senior population should receive annual vaccines for potentially dangerous ailments. They suggest the following:  

  • Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine  
  • Yearly influenza shot  
  • Shingles  
  • COVID-19 vaccine and boosters  
Vaccines for Seniors
Vaccines for Seniors
Vaccines for Seniors
 

Getting these vaccinations early in the autumn allows our immune systems to ramp up the response to dangerous pathogens, providing maximum protection. It is a good idea since as the colder weather arrives, we tend to gather indoors and closer to others. That’s a great recipe for spreading viruses and other illnesses! Talk with your doctor or physician about the benefits of these vaccinations/immunizations.  

Stay Safe! 

 

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HPFY Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.

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