Saturday, April 18, 2009

Charting Immunity History

We can prevent many communicable diseases through vaccination. And we may be immune to certain other diseases if we've actually had these diseases, they produce immunity for varying lengths of time their actions on our bodies.
What disease are you immune to? Look to communicable diseases listed below. Have effective vaccines been developed for all of them? Check those that have vaccines, then write vaccinated for it. You may need to consult your parents, your family physician, or some other source to obtain some of this information.
Had the
Most recent
Length of time this
Immunization will last
1.    Ordinary ("red")
2. German Measles
3. Mumps
4. Flu
5. Polio
6. Whooping cough
Immune mean in order to prevent a disease from spreading, scientist don't know far below 100% immunity we can go in our population without having new outbreaks of these diseases. So it's important for all of us to keep our own vaccinations up to date and to urge others to do the same. Check back to see when you last had your "shots" and find out when you should go for any further shots or booster.
Recommended Schedule for Active Immunization
Age (months)
Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP),
Oral polio vaccine
DTP, oral polio vaccine
Oral polio vaccine
Measles, rubella, mumps
DTP, oral polio booster
4 to 6 years
(school entry)
DPT booster, oral polio booster
14 to 16 years
Combined tetanus and diphtheria toxoid,
Adult type (repeat every 10 years)

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