By Dr. Jeff Murawsky, Chief Medical Officer, SilverSummit Healthplan
With August being National Immunization Awareness Month, and as children return to school, it is a good time to make sure everyone in your family is up to date on immunizations. For older adults, updated immunizations are just as important as daily vitamins, exercise and keeping up with daily medications. Here is important immunization information to keep on hand:
Q.: Why are immunizations so important?
A.: While many serious diseases are no longer common in the United States thanks to vaccines, there are still some diseases and viruses that exist and can spread when people are not vaccinated, like shingles, pneumococcal disease, seasonal flu, and let’s not forget COVID-19. Vaccines are safe and effective and work with your body’s natural defenses to help safely develop protection from diseases. Every year, thousands of people in the United States become seriously ill and hospitalized because of diseases vaccines can help prevent. Many adults even die from these diseases.
Q.: Who needs immunizations?
A.: Everyone! Babies, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors all need certain immunizations.
- Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who are not vaccinated. Whether it is a baby starting at a new childcare facility – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.
- All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and can pass certain illnesses on to others.
Q.: How can our audience members find out if they are up to date on their immunizations?
A.: Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor’s office, pharmacy or other visits with healthcare providers. Your primary care doctor should also have your immunizations records on file. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes or heart disease.
Q.: Anything else you like to add?
A.: All vaccinations are important, some more than others depending on the time of year. Right now, COVID is a priority and can be combined with most of our usual vaccinations. But we can’t forget about influenza coming up this fall and all those vaccines that protect our children from many serious conditions.
About SilverSummit Healthplan
SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan that delivers quality health insurance to the people of Nevada. Established in 2017, SilverSummit is committed to improving the health of its members through focused, compassionate, and coordinated care. SilverSummit’s active community evolvement reaches beyond physical and mental health. We are dedicated to improve the quality of life, one person at a time. SilverSummit Healthplan is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, visit their website.