Vaccinations at your Family Practice in Thousand Oaks

vaccine Between last year’s measles outbreak in Ventura County and this year’s recent infection at a local elementary school parents are encouraged to double check that their child is up-to-date on their immunizations with their family practice in Thousand Oaks. When it’s time for your child’s shot it’s normal to be a little apprehensive: after all no parent wants to see their child scared or in pain. Fortunately most vaccinations cause little more than a brief sting, and you can do many things before and during the appointment to calm your child’s fears.

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Vaccines Save Lives

VaccinationsVaccines to protect against becoming infected with serious diseases have done more to save people than all of medicine combined. Yes, there are terrific advances in medical science that can save people who contract diseases or need surgical intervention; however, not getting sick in the first place should always be the primary goal, and vaccines are a great help in this area.
Common and Not-So-Common Diseases Vaccines Can Prevent
The Centers for Disease Control published a list of vaccine-preventable diseases. Here is a sampling from the list:
Cancer from Human Papillomavirus

Diphtheria

Hepatitis A and B

Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib)

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Influenza (Flu)

Measles

Mumps

Pneumonia

Shingles

Tetanus
Vaccine Risks
There are risks to vaccines; however, in most situations the risks associated with contracting the illnesses that vaccines can prevent are worse. Most people that get vaccinated do not even have a sore spot on their arm where the vaccine was injected. It is important to tell your doctor if you have any severe allergies such as an allergy to eggs or the preservatives used in some vaccines.

Vaccines and Autism
Several scientific studies have been completed to investigate any correlation with vaccines and autism in children. The findings indicate no such correlation exists. The concern centered around the preservative thimerosal, which is used in multiple dose vials of vaccines. If you are concerned about thimerosal and your child, ask for vaccines that do not contain it.

The Flu Vaccine Cannot Give You the Flu
There is a myth that is perpetually spread that you can get the flu from the flu vaccine. Injected influenza vaccines contain dead viral strains that cannot replicate. It is not possible to be infected with the flu by getting a flu shot. The nasal spray influenza vaccines contain a live-attenuated (weakened) version of viral strains. Both cause your body to develop immunity by activating your immune system. As with most vaccines, the most common side effect is a slight soreness at the injection site. A few others may sense their immune system kicking into gear. It is possible to have already been exposed to a virus prior to the vaccine or to acquire a strain the vaccine does not protect against. Plus, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to do its job.

Deadly diseases such as polio and smallpox have almost been wiped out because of vaccines. The fears parents have of vaccines today is misplaced. Imagine the real fears if polio, smallpox and other diseases were rampant with no protection against them. Start a discussion with your doctor to find out the real facts about vaccines.

 

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7 Tips for Staying Healthy on Your Next Trip

healthy travelTraveling, as much fun as it is, it can take a toll on your body. Sometimes you have to adjust to different time zones, or you may just not get enough sleep as you need too. Your traveling may consist of going to a country that is known for diseases the U.S. doesn’t have, therefore you may not have proper vaccinations. Before embarking on your your next adventures, here are some tips to help you stay healthy.

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Cold and Flu Survival Guide

Cold and Flu Survival Guide | A&P Urgent Care

On average an adult comes down with 2 or 3 colds each year and not recieving the annual flu vaccine puts you at risk for the flu as well. Here are a few tips to keep the colds away this winter.

1. Eat yogurt for breakfast to assist your digestive tract with probiotics

2. Open a window when someone at home is sick to circulate the air and get the germs out

3. Eat mushrooms to increase T cells and decrease inflammation

4. Not stand or sit by someone sneezing and coughing

5. Don’t touch your face

6. Sleep 7 hours a night

7. Use a Neti Pot to flush germ particles out of your sinuses

8. If you start feeling a cold coming take a Zinc lozenge

11. Tapping on your breast bone around the 3rd rib will release T cells to sttack germs in your bloodstream

12. Drink lots of fluids

13. If you think it is the flu get a prescription for Tamiflu as soon as possible

14. Eat Elderberry extract

15. Take probiotic supplements to recover faster and have less symptoms

16. Use a humidifier

17. Eat spicy food to clear your sinuses

18. Inhale essential oils

19. Don’t go to the gym when you are sick, if you want to workout go on a walk

20. Gargle salt water to kill bacteria in yout throat

21. Eat warm chicken soup to help your throat and white blood cells

22. Eat honey because it has antimicrobial elements and soothes sore throats

23. Eat a popscicle for a sore throat

24. Sit up as much as possible. Lying down collects mucus in your sinuses and chest and can lead to a secondary infection

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