Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting job that not only protects you but your loved ones from preventable life-altering and potentially deadly diseases. The CDC has released new guidelines for adult immunizations including: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal infection, pneumonoccal infection, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), varicella (chicken pox), and zoster (shingles). Click the following link for more details: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030.pdf
Pertussis, also known as whopping cough, is making a resurgence right in our back yard! This highly contagious disease is usually spread by coughing or sneezing while in close contact with others. It is life-threatening to newborns and infants who are too young to be fully vaccinated. 11 cases of pertussis had been confirmed in Forsyth County as of February including a 2-month-old who died. The CDC recommends that all adults receive the Tdap vaccine (the adult whooping cough vaccine) and women need to get a dose during each pregnancy.
If you are planning to travel outside the United States you may need additional vaccines. Visit CDC website at www.cdc.gov/travel or call 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) for more information.
We at Kernersville Primary Care are committed to keeping our patients and our community safe. If you have questions or believe you may need to be immunized don’t hesitate to contact us.