- In the US, there is no hard and fast vaccination requirement for everyone.
- Most children are vaccinated against a range of dangerous infectious diseases as infants.
- Vaccines most children commonly receive include polio, measles and tetanus vaccines. Here is the full summary.
Recent cases of polio in New Yorkdeadly meningitis in Florida and monkeypox around the world are of concern to public health experts.
Their advice? Get vaccinated — but only if you are vulnerable.
That said, it’s not always that easy to know whether or not you’ve been vaccinated against a particular disease, or how long your vaccine protection might last.
While Immigrants in the US vaccination is required by federal law, there are no hard and fast rules for citizens, and there are no official records to refer to if you are unsure of your vaccination status. Every US state too makes his own rules about vaccination for school and daycare children.
In general, these organizations — plus many universities, hospitals, private employers and summer camps that require certain vaccines — follow recommendations compiled by independent panel of disease experts that advise the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is called.
Using existing evidence, they compiled a guide to the best timing and dosage for all pediatric and adult vaccinations. This is the same panel that reviews new vaccines as they become available and decides how they should be released, based on scientific studies.
From 2022, here they are 16 diseases recommended by ACIP all US children and adolescents should be vaccinated against:
What if I’m not sure if I was vaccinated?
There is no national registry or database you can search your records, so “you have to rely on YOU” to keep track of the immunizations you’ve had, the nonprofit Immunization Action Coalition reminds readers in an instruction sheet on how to locate old immunization records.
If you have you have lost your vaccine recordssome good places to start looking include:
If, in the end, you are not sure whether you have had a certain vaccine or not, you may need to have a few more vaccines.
There are blood tests available that can determine whether you are immune to certain diseases, while for others, booster doses are what are recommended for people who cannot locate their vaccine records.