Immunizations offer protection for all life stage

| August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
Army officials encourage immunization research and awareness by all community members for maximizing protection against infectious diseases.

Army officials encourage immunization research and awareness by all community members for maximizing protection against infectious diseases.


TRICARE

News Release
August is Immunization Awareness Month and a great time to find out which vaccines you and yours need to be protected at different ages and stages in life.

Immunization typically starts at birth. At 2 months old, infants start receiving a series of six primary immunizations that protect against disease.

These diseases can be spread in a variety of ways. For example, flu and other diseases spread through the air or on surfaces. Hepatitis B is spread through exposure to infectious blood or bodily fluids. Rotavirus is spread when the virus is shed by an infected person, and the virus then enters another person’s mouth. Babies frequently use their mouths to explore the world around them, so this vaccine is extremely important.

Some vaccines require multiple doses for lifelong protection. These may start in infancy and continue in later stages of childhood. Toddlers and school-age children typically get immunized again for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), hepatitis A and chicken pox.

Recommendations for middle-school aged and older kids include vaccines to enhance protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, and protection against meningitis and human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a leading cause of cervical and other cancers.

More vaccines may be needed during adulthood based on factors like age, occupation, lifestyle, high-risk medical conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous vaccine history. For older beneficiaries, vaccines are available and recommended to protect against pneumonia and other infections, as well as shingles, a condition caused by the same chickenpox virus.

TRICARE covers, at no cost, age-appropriate doses of vaccines as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Through the expanded TRICARE pharmacy vaccine program, you may receive certain covered vaccines for zero copayment at participating network pharmacies.

Learn More
Get more information at these sites:
•Regarding immunizations, visit the DHA Immunization Healthcare Branch at www.health.mil/vaccines.
•Visit the Rotavirus page on Health.mil.
•Review Tricare.mil.
•Call Express Scripts at 1-877-363-1303 or search for participating pharmacies online.

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