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Make Sure Your Family’s Vaccines Are Up-To-Date

May 27, 2008

vaccines.jpgDon’t allow preventative health care slide during summer.  With all the activities occurring in summer, make sure one of those is reviewing your family’s vaccines.  Keeping current on vaccines protects you and your family every day of the year, but especially while traveling and coming in contact with others that may not have been vaccinated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines prevent disease in the people who receive them and protect those who come into contact with unvaccinated individuals.  Vaccines help prevent infectious diseases and save lives.  Disease prevention is the key to public health.  It is always better to prevent a disease than to treat it.  Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country, including polio, measles, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella (German measles), mumps, tetanus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).

The Naperville Sun reported today that a second case of the measles has been confirmed in DuPage County, Illinois.   Measles is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted by respiratory droplets and airborne spread. The disease can result in severe complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis. Although measles is no longer a common disease in the United States, it remains widespread in most countries of the world, including some countries in Europe. Current outbreaks in the United States highlight the ongoing risk of measles importations from other countries by people who travel. These outbreaks also highlight the importance of vaccination to prevent imported measles cases and to prevent the spread of such cases in susceptible U.S. populations.

To contact your DuPage Medical Group physician, please visit our Pediatrics; Family Medicine; or Internal Medicine website pages.

To learn more about infectious diseases and ways to control them, here are some websites for your review:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Network for Immunization Information

American Academy of Pediatrics

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