Why kids need the measles vaccine

As a parent, you've no doubt heard about this year's measles outbreak. It's the highest number of measles cases the U.S. has seen since 1994. And most of those measles cases have occurred among unvaccinated people. Some parents choose not to get their kids vaccinated because they're concerned about the vaccine's safety. But research shows that the measles vaccine is safe and does not cause autism or other diseases. In contrast, measles itself can sometimes be severe in young children. It can lea...

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6/20/2019 1:11:00 PM Comments(0)

Why kids need immunizations

It’s no secret that vaccines have helped to keep us safe from disease outbreaks for a long time. Yet myths about vaccines seem to persist in our culture, and they may put your children at risk. That’s because it’s crucial that you keep your kids up-to-date on their shots so they can maintain resistance from serious conditions. Here are five points you should follow when it comes to vaccinating your child: 1. Vaccines are safe. Babies might cry and get fussy. Older kids may comp...

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8/29/2018 4:50:00 PM Comments(0)

Florida Health in Polk County Urges Vaccination as Flu Season Intensifies

With the current flu season in full swing and influenza activity increasing across the state, it is critical that all Floridians get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others. It is never too late to get your flu shot. While most cases of flu are mild, there are exceptions. Flu strains change from year to year so it is important to get the flu shot every year before the peak of flu season, says Dr. Joy Jackson, director of the Department o...

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1/19/2017 10:23:00 AM Comments(0)

Health Department Encourages Flu Vaccine

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County DOH-Polk reminds residents to protect themselves and their families from influenza flu by getting immunized. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. A flu vaccine is a person’s best defense against catching the flu, said Dr. Joy Jackson, Health Officer for DOH-Polk. The flu vacc...

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12/10/2015 11:27:00 AM Comments(0)

Immunizations for Seniors

Immunizations play an important role in protecting us from disease and potentially dangerous infections. The protective properties in immunizations are especially relevant for young children and older adults over 65 as they are the two most vulnerable of age groups. Here are three vaccines that come highly recommended for adults aged 65 years and older: Shingles . Did you ever have chickenpox as a child? You probably suspected the condition was cleared from your system, never to be contended wit...

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4/9/2015 4:37:00 PM Comments(1)