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Pneumococcal vaccine guidelines from the CDC.

Information about the flu and the CDC's recommendations for vaccination.

Good 2 B Me website

Test your knowledge and awareness about immunizations.

1. Immunizations are the best way of protecting children from some infectious diseases.

True. Many infectious diseases that once were common in this country are now under control because of vaccines. Immunizing your children is the best way of protecting them from some infectious diseases. Adolescents between ages 11 and 13 need the additional protection that immunizations provide. Booster shots continue to help protect them against diseases for which they were immunized as infants or young children.

2. I should be very concerned about the side effects of vaccinations because all children develop reactions.

False. In most cases, vaccines cause no side effects, or only mild reactions such as fever or soreness at the injection site. Very rarely, people experience more serious side effects, like allergic reactions. Severe reactions to vaccines occur so rarely that the risk is usually difficult to calculate.

3. Meningococcal vaccine is recommended only for children ages 11 and 12 and for unvaccinated adolescents entering high school.

False. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends meningococcal vaccine for all children ages 11 and 12, for unvaccinated adolescents entering high school, and for college freshmen living in dormitories. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. This is sometimes referred to as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection.

4. Immunizations are equally important for adults; reports show that each year, approximately 43,000 adults die from preventable diseases.

True. According to the CDC, many adults die from diseases that could easily be prevented by vaccinations. In fact, influenza and other vaccination levels remain low for adults. Visit the CDC for additional statistical information.

5. Each year, approximately 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets infected with the flu.

True. According to the CDC, on average, 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from the flu every year. Visit the CDC for more information or visit our Good 2 B Me website.

Good 2 B Me focuses on adolescent and teen immunizations and the crucial role they play in protecting kids’ health. Studies show that more than 35 million American adolescents do not receive their recommended immunizations by the time they are age 14, making them more susceptible to certain illnesses and diseases. For more in-depth information, Good 2 B Me provides helpful links to authoritative external sites like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health.

6. Flu vaccine is the best way of preventing infection with the flu virus and the complications associated with it.

True. The best way to prevent infection with the flu virus is by getting a flu vaccination each fall. Please discuss your individual needs for vaccination with your health care provider.

7. Flu symptoms include: fever (usually high), runny or stuffy nose, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, extreme fatigue, dry cough, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea which is more common in children than adults.

True. All of the above are symptoms of the flu. Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, dehydration, and worsening of chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, asthma, congestive heart failure).

8. The flu vaccine is only recommended only for people at high risk for complications from the flu.

False. Discuss your individual needs with your health care provider. In general, everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2010-2011 season vaccine is available.

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