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Vaccinations & Immunizations Explained by HeathSmartVaccines in Chantilly

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at HealthSmartVaccines in Chantilly, Virginia, is here to help you understand some common vaccines and why they are so important. From workplace flu shots and clinics to travel vaccines, HealthSmartVaccines is committed to keeping the community safe and well-informed.

Here are some things you might not know about vaccinations and immunizations:

TDaP Vaccine: TDaP is a vaccine that protects against three bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough. Most people get the TDaP vaccine when they are 11 or 12. TDaP is especially important for non-immunized adults who are around infants and young children as well as health care professionals because the vaccine protects newborns from whooping cough. If it has been a while since you’ve received the TDaP immunization, it might be time for a booster shot. HealthSmartVaccines recommends updating these every 10 years.

Hepatitis Vaccines: There are two types of hepatitis vaccines: Hepatitis A, which protects against the hepatitis A virus, and Hepatitis B, which protects against the hepatitis B virus. Children between the ages of 12 months and 23 months should be immunized with both vaccines. Depending on your international travel plans and current health status, HealthSmartVaccines might recommend getting these immunizations again. For adults who need to be vaccinated, ask HealthSmartVaccines about Twinrix, which combines the Hepatitis A and B vaccines.

MMR Vaccine: The MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. MMR is recommended for all children. In most states, it is actually a school requirement. HealthSmartVaccines recommends everyone born in 1957 or later receive this vaccine as well.

HealthSmartVaccines provides all approved vaccines for adults. The health care professionals can answer any questions you might have about what vaccines or immunizations you should get. For more information, visit the HealthSmartVaccines website, or call them at (703) 961-0733 to learn more about flu shots and clinics in the Chantilly, Virginia, area.

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What is Pertussis?

‘Whooping Cough’ is the short answer. Talk to anyone over 50 and chances are, they’ve had pertussis as a child. A real rib-breaker cough as I recall! Before we had the vaccine, there were nearly a quarter million cases a year in the US alone. Vaccine use in the US had brought that statistic to an all-time low in the 1970′s.  Sadly, there are still more than a quarter million deaths of infants and children worldwide because of pertussis. Non-availability, misuse, and underused of the vaccine in undeserved nations leave many without protection against pertussis. It is highly communicable and especially dangerous  for infants with tiny respiratory tracts.  They are unable to clear trapped mucus preventing adequate oxygenation of the infant.  Infants at the beginning of immunization series are not fully immune to pertusis and the bacterium invades quickly, lingers for weeks or more and can lead to very serious complications such as pneumonia, bleeding in the brain, or death. The CDC reports that from 2004-2008 there were 111 deaths from pertussis, and 83% were infants under 3 months of age. (US DHHS Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases/Pink Book/12th ed. p.217)

It was previously thought that once you contracted pertussis, a life-long immunity ensued. However, there has been a resurgence of pertussis for several reasons.  First, we now know there was only temporary protection from reinfection. While we routinely immunized children and adolescents with Tdap (Tetanus, diptheria and pertussis), we re-immunized adults with “Td” leaving them vulnerable for pertussis.  Second, disease is only a plane/ship/car ride away and a traveler can be in close contact with an infected individual of any age, anywhere.  Unprecedented numbers of international travelers can transport diseases across continents within hours infecting communities. (Remember H1N1 in 2009?) And finally, some families have opted out of vaccination for their children, leaving their children and countless others around them at risk for contracting pertussis and other vaccine preventable diseases. The World Health Organization and our own CDC has recommended a Tdap for all adults especially grandparents, child and healthcare workers, anyone who lives with or cares for immune compromised folks, and travelers. Ask your primary care MD about pertussis and when you travel call HealthSmartVaccines 703-961-0733 to discuss this and other recommended travel vaccines!

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