Staying on top of vaccinations and immunizations for your entire family can be complicated. Everyone has different needs, depending on age, gender, and any special circumstances. Our caring team and Dr. Fred M. Civish at Jordan Meadows in West Jordan, Utah, or at Hunter Medical Center in West Valley, Utah, will help you manage and maintain your family’s vaccinations and immunizations at both of our convenient locations.

Vaccinations Q & A

What’s the difference between a vaccine, a vaccination, and an immunization?

A vaccine is a fluid containing a dead, or weakened type of a disease organism which can be injected to create immunization. A vaccination is the injecting of the vaccine. Immunization is the body’s reaction to the injection of the vaccine. The vaccine helps your body build a tolerance to that disease so you are protected from it.

I’m pregnant. Can I still get vaccinated?

Yes. While you’re trying to conceive, during your pregnancy, and right after your pregnancy, your immune system is compromised. Your need for certain vaccines and vaccinations increases. Before pregnancy, you need to make sure you’re up-to-date with your measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

While you’re pregnant, you’ll need protection against whooping cough by getting the Tdap vaccine. You should get a flu shot before pregnancy, but you can get one, during, or afterward. If you’re planning to travel, or if you have certain conditions, like chronic liver disease, you may need additional injections throughout your pregnancy period.

Which vaccines does my baby need?

From birth to 15 months of age, it might seem like your little one is a human cushion pin. Keeping on top of your baby’s vaccines is essential for their health since their immune systems aren’t able to ward off many of the dangerous organisms in their environment. Your baby will probably need:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (DTaP)
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13)
  • Inactivated poliovirus (IPV)
  • Influenza (IIV)
  • Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
  • Varicella (VAR)

Depending on your baby’s health and your family history, they might need additional vaccines. As your child grows, he or she will need boosters for many of these injections.

Are there vaccines I need as a healthy adult?

Yes. For starters, it’s always recommended that you get the latest flu vaccine. The flu strains have gotten stronger and more deadly over the years, so protection is key to avoiding any serious problems. You should also be up-to-date in your tetanus (Td) shot, in addition to your whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine. It’s possible that you might need even more, especially if you’re traveling overseas or have a history of certain chronic health conditions.

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