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August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! 

During NIAM, Smyrna Pediatrics encourages you to talk with your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure that your child is up-to-date on recommended vaccines.  At this time, when our children are returning to school during the pandemic, vaccination should be at the top of your checklist.  You have the power to protect your family from serious diseases through on-time immunization.

Our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind us that vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious diseases, as they work with your child’s natural defenses to help them safely develop protection.  In addition, the immunization schedule is designed to provide immunity early in life, before children are likely to be exposed to serious, potentially life-threatening diseases.

If you are interested in learning more about immunization, please visit the CDC’s NIAM page for additional educational resources: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/parents/educational-resources.html

Flu Vaccine

The CDC recommends that every individual 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine by the end of October, and this year it is more important than ever.  Flu vaccines will not prevent against COVID-19, but they will reduce the burden on our health care system in regards to flu illness, hospitalization, and deaths.  The flu vaccine protects against four flu strains that research suggests will be the most common this '20-'21 flu season.  It is especially important for high-risk individuals (young children, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions, and people over the age of 65) to receive the flu vaccine to decrease the severity of illness. Children under the age of 6 months are unable to receive flu vaccines, so preventive measures should be taken with young infants in order to prevent the spread of flu.   

Please follow these practices to prevent the spread of flu germs:

Flu symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.  If your child is experiencing these symptoms, please call the office with any questions that may arise.

September and October are ideal months to get the flu vaccine, so please call our office at 615.625.7780 to schedule your vaccine today!  In addition, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions about your child’s immunization schedule or would like to schedule an appointment to get up-to-date on vaccinations.

Be well,

Smyrna Pediatrics

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