Vaccines can keep you and your family safe.
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Vaccines can keep you and your family safe.
As parents, we do our best to keep our kids healthy and safe. Vaccines help us do this. While infants and toddlers get regular routine vaccines throughout early childhood, don’t forget about your adolescents.
In fact, there are certain vaccines that specifically focus on this age group, including:
HPV vaccination is a preventive measure that helps protect against certain strains of the virus and can significantly reduce the risk of developing HPV-related cancers, like cervical, mouth, throat, and other cancers of the reproductive system.
The HPV vaccine is typically given in a series of two or three shots, depending on the specific vaccine being used. The vaccine is most effective when given to individuals who have not yet been exposed to HPV.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all children between the ages of 11 and 12 years receive the HPV vaccine, with catch-up vaccination recommended for individuals up to age 26 who have not completed the vaccine series.
Our Florida Blue Centers host vaccine clinics throughout the flu season. In addition to your annual flu shot, you can also get COVID-19, Shingrix (for shingles), Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, pneumonia and Tdap shots. Find a vaccine clinic near you at floridablue.com/center. You can also call 877-352-5830 to speak to a care nurse.
Vaccines are both safe and effective at preventing serious diseases. They work with your body’s natural defenses to help safely develop protection from diseases. Vaccines go through extensive testing before they are approved and are monitored afterward to ensure their safety. Learn more about the safeguards that ensure the vaccines we need are safe. Like all medical products, vaccines can cause side effects. The most common side effects are mild and go away quickly.
Vaccines are one of the main reasons we’re able to live longer these days. They protect us from serious illnesses and complications from vaccine-preventable diseases. The newest vaccine is to protect us from becoming seriously ill from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a viral respiratory illness caused by the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). You can find more information on the COVID-19 vaccines here.
Other routine vaccinations protect against these 14 diseases:
Still not sure what vaccinations you need? Here’s a helpful chart to help you see what vaccines are needed for both kids and adults, depending on their age and/or health condition.
By staying up to date with vaccines before and during pregnancy, you can pass along immunity that will help protect your baby from some diseases during the first few months after birth. The CDC recommends these vaccines:
If you’re an expectant grandparent, you may need a pertussis or whooping cough vaccine before holding that new bundle of joy. Newborns don’t have a fully developed immune system and are too young for certain vaccines. This makes them particularly vulnerable to infections. Because of this, anyone who is around babies should be up to date on all routine vaccines, including:
Yes, you can get a flu vaccine at the same time you get a COVID-19 vaccine, including a COVID-19 booster shot. If you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time, you should speak with a health care provider.
It’s important to get your flu shot every year. Viruses change, so the best way to fight the latest strain is with the latest vaccine. Flu vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and are available for most people 6 months and older. A flu shot is vital for high-risk groups, including seniors, children and pregnant women. High risk also includes people with pre-existing conditions like asthma, heart disease and diabetes.
Most Florida Blue members can get their flu shot at no-extra cost from an in-network doctor or pharmacy. Many communities plan events to ensure those eligible have access to a flu vaccine.
Vaccines aren’t just for kids. From infants to toddlers to young adults to seniors, vaccines save lives at every age.
There’s never been a more important time to make sure your family members are up to date with their vaccinations. It’s one of the surefire ways to protect you and your loved ones from serious infections and diseases.
Most Florida Blue health plans cover those important vaccinations at no extra cost when using an in-network doctor or pharmacy. They are also available at vaccine clinics at Florida Blue Centers throughout the state for all members of the community.
Take a look at some of the vaccinations you may need to keep you safe and healthy. Remember to check with your doctor first.