Several infectious diseases and illnesses have been eliminated or become statistically insignificant as a direct result of immunization.
IMMUNIZATION / VACCINES – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
At Premier Family Medical, Utah County area patients can receive immunization and vaccinations to ensure that they remain in good health.
Q: Why do adults need immunizations or vaccinations?
A: Several infectious diseases and illnesses have been eliminated or become statistically insignificant as a direct result of immunizations. These diseases were very dangerous in the past and thanks to immunizations, or vaccines, people throughout the country are much safer and living longer and healthier lives. Most vaccinations are provided during childhood but there are preventable diseases which adults can encounter. Vaccinations are needed to protect against these illnesses. Vaccinations are crucial because they help prevent the spread of disease to keep communities healthy. Vaccines are available to protect against diseases such as:
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Q: What vaccines should I get?
A: There are a number of vaccinations that adults should receive including:
Seasonal Flu: These are particularly important for the elderly, pregnant women, and people with other medical conditions.
Tdap: Patients should get the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or Tdap, vaccine if it has not been given previously. The combination tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine will need to be re-administered every 10 years.
HPV: This vaccine is suggested for adults 19 to 26 years old to protect against the STD human papillomavirus.
Meningitis vaccine: This vaccine is required by certain colleges for students who reside in the residence halls.
Pneumococcal vaccines: This helps protect adults 65 and older from a disease which affects the lungs and bloodstream and is also suggested for people with chronic illnesses.
Zoster vaccine: This vaccine protects against shingles and is suggested for adults ages 60 and older.
There are also vaccines which should be given to pregnant women, those who work in particular careers, and those who travel abroad. For more information, contact Premier Family Medical.
Q: Where can I get my vaccines?
A: Vaccinations will be available at the practice. Schedule an appointment with one of the doctors to ensure that your immunizations are up to date.