I decided that I wanted to give a sneak peak of my upcoming Vaccination Education Class being held at the office on Wednesday, October 26th at 6pm. So, my blog topic for this week is going to deal with the ever expanding vaccination schedule that we are to adhere to.
Ever since the first vaccines arrived way back in the late 18th century, there have been more and more vaccines added to the mandated list from our Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Back in the mid 20th century, it didn't seem like such a big deal. You'd just get a couple shots and call it good. Today, that's a whole different story. Here's a look at how that vaccination schedule has changed over the years:
1980 - 20 vaccines
1995 - 40 vaccines
2011 - 68 vaccines
Now, I do need to state that these numbers may not be accurate. The reason is, these numbers are the number of vaccines that someone is recommended to receive by the time they turn 18. These numbers don't even accout for voluntary vaccines such as the HPV vaccine or Gardasil (future topic). They also don't account for the adult vaccines that are recommended (flu vaccine, shingles vaccine, etc.)
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So if you'd like to find out more about vaccines, the vaccine schedule, or the new WA State Vaccine Laws, stop by the clinic if you're in the area on the 26th at 6pm to learn more and to join in on a hearty discussion.