Immunizations introduce a weakened or dead virus or bacteria into the body to encourage the body to produce antibodies against a particular disease. This prevents a person from becoming ill. Some vaccines last a lifetime, but some have to be given multiple times. Parents are encouraged to keep a record of their child’s immunizations.
For a list of recommended immunizations for children and adolescents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as seen on the American Academy of Pediatrics website, please visit www.cispimmunize.org.
Before traveling outside of the United States, check with your physician at least one month prior to departure in order to receive any necessary immunizations. The type of immunization will depend on where you will travel and may include:
- Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccine
- Hepatitis A vaccine
- Hepatitis B vaccine
- Malaria pills
- Typhoid vaccine