Have the long days of sunlight that stretch late into the evenings lulled you into a seasonal time warp? If so, you’re not alone. The warm summer days have a way of causing us to downshift into a leisure time that includes barbecues and picnics, trips to the lake or pool and a late-afternoon nap, if we’re lucky.

Considering the laidback approach of summer it’s easy to feel like back to school and its necessary preparations are still a distant memory. That is until reminders of back-to-school notices start to arrive and the time between now and the first day of school grows closer. In addition to purchasing new clothing and school supplies, students also should schedule a sports physical and update immunizations.

Include the Whole Family

Most parents consider yearly physicals and immunizations a part of the preparation for a new school year, but everyone can benefit from these yearly updates. During National Vaccination month, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends talking to your primary care doctor to see if everyone is up-to-date on the vaccines that are right for them. Vaccines are a first line of defense against a number of serious diseases.

Reasons to Consider an Immunization Update

  1. Immunizations for influenza, pertussis and shingles can help prevent the unnecessary spread of the diseases, even helping to protect those who can’t get vaccinated
  2. Those with weakened health conditions and chronic health conditions could be at a higher risk for complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases
  3. Timely immunizations can protect the spread of the disease to friends and family
  4. Taking time to immunize now could save precious time off and additional financial costs
  5. Vaccines can protect you from preventable diseases and provide additional peace of mind, particularly if you regularly travel or care for someone who is vulnerable to disease

Planning Ahead to Stay Healthy

Obviously, no one counts on getting sick. That’s why it pays to maintain the health of you and your family, including regular checkups, annual physicals and immunizations. Depending on age, current health conditions and other factors, recommended vaccines could include Meningococcal Pneumococcal, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human papillomavirus and/or Shingles. Taking these simple steps now is a great way to prepare for the months ahead. To learn more about the vaccinations you and your family need, talk to your primary care physician.

Remember, you always have a choice in your healthcare. Summit Medical Center offers orthopaedics; ear, nose and throat; pediatrics, gastrointestinal; primary care; general surgery, pulmonary; and plastic surgery to the Casper, Wyoming, area. With cost-competitive, high-quality medical care and superior patient service, Summit Medical Center is changing the delivery of healthcare in Casper and beyond.

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