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  1. Immunizations - When to Call a Doctor

    Callor other emergency services if you or your child has a severe reaction to any immunization as indicated by: A major allergic reaction, such as a severe asthma episode, severe problems breathing or swallowing, or hives.Significant changes in alertness within 7 days of getting the vaccine.A seizure. Collapsing.Call your doctor immediately if:Your child has signs of a severe reaction within 2 to

  2. Immunizations - Adult Immunizations

    Recommended immunizationsYour need for immunizations does not end when you reach adulthood. The specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, type and locations of travel, overall health, and previous immunizations. Tetanus and diphtheria immunizations need to be repeated (booster shots) every 10 years throughout adulthood in order to maintain .

  3. Immunizations - Adolescent Immunizations

    Recommended immunizationsThe importance of continued immunizations between ages 11 and about 21 years (adolescence) is not always recognized. Adolescents need to continue their immunization series and receive booster shots for continued protection against diseases. Also, many teens were born after the current recommendations for certain vaccines, such as for hepatitis B, were established and thus

  4. Immunizations - Health Tools

    An interactive health tool about immunizations -- specifically, about whether you should get the flu shot and whether your daughter should get the HPV vaccine.

  5. Immunizations - Childhood Immunizations

    Recommended immunizationsThe U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians recommend a specific childhood immunization schedule that includes immunizations for:7Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP). A total of five injections are usually given: four before 18 months of age and one at 4 to 6 years of

  6. Immunizations - Home Treatment

    Help your child handle immunizationsMany immunizations are given as injections. Your child may experience brief pain as the needle penetrates the skin or muscle; some vaccines cause more discomfort than others. In general, you can help decrease your child's discomfort by making sure he or she is physically comfortable and well rested before getting immunized. You can use home treatment measures ..

  7. Immunizations - Bioterrorism and Immunizations

    The United States government has developed plans on how to respond to possible bioterrorism threats. Certain diseases have been identified that pose the greatest threat to the U.S. public. At this time, vaccines are available for only anthrax and smallpox. These immunizations are not currently available to or recommended for the general public. However, the government has advised vaccination for .

  8. Immunizations - Topic Overview

    What are immunizations?Immunizations, also called vaccinations, help protect you or your child from diseases. When you are given an immunization, you receive a vaccine that contains fragments of a disease organism or small amounts of a weakened disease organism. The vaccine causes your immune system to develop antibodies that can subsequently recognize and attack the organism if you are exposed ..

  9. Immunizations - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about immunizations: What are immunizations? Why are they needed? What is the standard childhood immunization schedule? How can I keep track of my child's immunizations? (What is a PDF document?) What should I know about childhood immunizations? What should I know about immunizations during adolescence? What immunizations do adults need? What should I know about immunizations during ...

  10. Understanding Meningitis -- Diagnosis & Treatment

    Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis.

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