A vaccine, like the flu shot, is an immunization. It builds up your body’s natural immunity to a disease with antibodies. When your immunity is built up, it keeps you from contracting and spreading the disease.
Antibodies can stay in your body for life, protecting you from sickness and disease. With antibodies, your body builds up a defense system called your immune system.
Vaccines provide protection from a wide range of contagious diseases. A cold virus for example is usually a mild irritation. However, smallpox and polio caused life changing problems and death. History has taught us that taking preventative steps is extremely effective. Vaccines protect you, protect children and protect public health.
Recommended Immunizations Schedule:
- Quantity: 1 Dose Annually
Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (TDaP)
- Quantity: 1 Dose
- When: Ages 11-12 (Required in South Dakota for 6th grade entry)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Quantity: 2 Doses
- When: Ages 11-12
- Or 3 doses to be given if first vaccine is given at age 15 or older
- When: Age 11 (Required in South Dakota for 6th grade entry)
- Boosters at Age 16
- Everyone aged 6 years and older should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date.
- People aged 65 years and older may get a 2nd dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional doses of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
- Children aged 6 months–5 years may need multiple doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be up to date, including at least 1 dose of updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, depending on the number of doses they’ve previously received and their age.
For a recommended vaccination schedule for babies, please visit: https://www.horizonhealthcare.org/vaccinations-south-dakota/
Schedule an appointment to update your immunizations today: https://www.horizonhealthcare.org/locations/