Immunizations. Who needs them? Why? Which ones? When? Immunizing your child can be confusing.

    Immunizations. Who needs them? Why? Which ones? When? Immunizing your child can be confusing.    

    As a parent, you might have questions and concerns about vaccine safety. With so much incorrect information on the Internet and in the media, it is often hard to find trustworthy, clear, and up-to-date information.    

    At RiverView’s July 31 Health Luncheon, Meghan Updike, DNP-C, will walk you through the history of immunizations, their mechanism of action, current recommendations and present controversy surrounding their use in children.    

    Vaccinations have reduced the number of infections from vaccine-preventable diseases by more than 90%, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.    

    Yet many parents still question their safety because of misinformation they’ve received. That’s why it’s important to turn to a reliable and trusted source, including your child's healthcare provider, for information.

Preventing 14 childhood diseases   

    Over the years some of the most devastating diseases that affect children have been greatly reduced or eradicated completely thanks to vaccination. Today we protect children from 14 dangerous childhood diseases through immunizations, yet some diseases are back in the news.   

    U.S. measles cases are at a 20-year high this year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in June. As of May 30, the agency had received reports of 334 measles cases in 18 states.   

    Nearly all of the outbreaks involved unvaccinated people who brought measles back after a trip overseas, the CDC said. Those outbreaks could have been prevented.   

    Attend the July Health Luncheon and let Updike answer your questions and help you make informed decisions with regard to this very important component of pediatric health care.

Health Luncheon details   

    The luncheon will be held in Meeting Room # 1 beginning at noon. Meeting Room # 1 is located near the RiverView Clinic entrance on the north side of the hospital and across from the elevators on first floor.  

    The luncheon series is in its sixteenth year of sponsorship by RiverView Health. All men and women interested in improving their health are invited to attend. Each luncheon starts a few minutes past noon and luncheons are kept under one hour so those needing to return to work can attend. The presentations are free and attendees can bring their own lunches or purchase a bag lunch for $3.00.    

    Pre-registration is required. Call Holly Anderson at 281-9745 to reserve a seat.