Get Well Wednesday: All About Vaccinations

Get Well Wednesday: All About Vaccinations
Get Well Wednesday: All About Vaccinations

August is National Immunization Month. Dr. Lisa Ashe wants you to know all about the vaccinations that are necessary for your child’s optimal health.

IS HPV VACCINE REQUIRED FOR HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE  STUDENTS?
The HPV vaccination is not required for anyone. It is recommended to be given starting at age 11 for girls and boys and women up to age 26 and men up to age 21. These ages may change in immunocompromised individuals and those who have other risk factors.

CAN THE HPV VACCINE CAUSE INFERTILITY?

No. There is no evidence that this vaccine or any vaccine causes infertility.

 IS THERE ANY TRUTH BEHIND IMMUNIZATIONS CAUSING AUTISM?

No. Immunizations do not cause autism. There have been multiple large studies and systematic reviews that show no association between autism and other spectrum disorders and immunizations.

 WHAT DO YOU SAY TO PARENTS THAT HAVE RESERVATIONS ABOUT GETTING THEIR CHILD IMMUNIZED?

Medical Providers have a shared goal with parents and that goal is to do what is best for the child.

While there has been conflicting dialogue and messaging around immunizations, it is important to research and gain insight from reputable sources.

The benefit of vaccines greatly outweigh the risks of the diseases they prevent.

Immunization is one of the most effective preventative health measures.

 ARE THERE SOME IMMUNIZATIONS THAT ARE RECOMMENDED BUT  NOT NECESSARILY REQUIRED?

For children, the HPV vaccine is recommended but not required. For the other vaccinations, you would need to check with the school and local Heath department for the requirements.

DOES MOST HEALTH INSURANCE COVER THE COST OF BACK TO  SCHOOL IMMUNIZATIONS?

Yes, all health insurances typically cover the cost of immunizations.

HOW EARLY CAN PARENTS START THE IMMUNIZATION PROCESS?

Immunizations are started as early as birth. There is a schedule for all of the vaccines. You can find it on the CDC website.

Dr. Lisa Ashe serves as the medical director of Be Well medical group – a leading concierge medicine and wellness group currently serving the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia metro areas. She’s a board-certified internal medicine physician.

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