Vaccinations ensure that our bodies can protect themselves better against infectious diseases. By administering a vaccine, the body creates antibodies that strengthen our immune system. Some (travel)vaccinations can protect the body lifelong against infectious diseases. Other vaccinations have to be repeated regularly.
Vaccinations for babies and children
When babies are born, they carry many antibodies from their mother. After approximately 2 months, babies have to start creating antibodies themselves. The Ministry of Health of the United Arab Emirates has developed the National Immunization Scheme to ensure that all babies and young children are protected against a wide range of infectious diseases. The vaccinations on the National Immunization Scheme are available at OCP Medical Center, to help protect your child’s health for the rest of his/her life.
Vaccinations for travelers
Of course our Certified Immunization Center also offers travel vaccinations. These vaccinations are recommended by many countries and are sometimes mandatory. Travel vaccinations against DTP, Hepatitis A and Typhoid are most commonly administered.
The flu vaccine protects against the influenza virus, that can cause the flu. For most people the flu can be annoying, but the body will recover from it normally. For some people, the flu can have severe consequences, that is why it is recommended that they get a flu vaccinations yearly.
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Many physicians in family medicine have urged all of their patients to increase the number of immunizations in teens and adults. Unfortunately, there are many adults and teenagers who do not have the necessary immunizations and vaccinations.
Ever since the immunization program was implemented, it has been a success. However, many adults and teenagers have not continued with getting their immunizations when needed. There have been plenty of vaccines introduced over several years; these vaccines are used to prevent certain diseases, including the following:
- Cervical Cancer
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- H1N1 Flu(Swine Flu)
- Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
- Japanese Encephalitis (JE)
- Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
- Poliomyelitis (Polio)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
- Tetanus (Lockjaw)
- Typhoid Fever
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Yellow Fever
Unfortunately, the number of teenagers who are receiving these vaccines is extremely low. Something that may help raise these numbers is a strong and successful health care system. The locations that have better and more health care and primary care systems usually have high immunization rates that are either or above the average.
Immunizations are used to help ensure that everyone remains healthy. Doctors who practice family medicine have been trained to provide care for patients throughout their entire life, from birth, teenage years, and adulthood.
All patients should make sure they talk with their doctor or doctors to ensure they have received all vaccinations and immunizations they need to be sure they are protected from any illness or disease.
Good primary care campaigns and good primary care systems can be used to urge teenagers and adults to always be up-to-date on their vaccinations and immunizations, regardless of what time of the year it is.
Have you received all of your vaccinations and immunizations over the years? Contact us today if you need additional information on the importance of immunizations.