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Immunizations: Powerful Protectors Against Disease

Vaccines, or immunizations, work to protect us, our children, and those around us. Give your child the power of protection against 14 serious diseases as they age, by making sure they receive all their recommended immunizations.

Know which vaccines your children need and when.

Before the age of 2, you can have your child vaccinated for 14 serious childhood diseases, including Diphtheria, Hepatitis A & B, Hemophilus Influenza Type B, Influenza, Measles, Mumps, Pertussis, Pneumococcal disease, Polio, Rotavirus, Rubella, Tetanus, and Varicella or Chickenpox.

Keep an Immunization Schedule handy to keep track of all vaccines your child has received, which ones they still need, and when they should receive them by.

Download the CDC’s 2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for children from birth to 18 years old, below:

Recommended Immunization Schedule from Birth to 6 Years of Age (English)

Recommended Immunization Schedule from Birth to 6 Years of Age (Spanish)

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children 7-18 Years Old (English)

Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children 7-18 Years Old (Spanish)

Let family & friends know vaccines are safe and proven to protect.

Vaccines work to develop immunity by imitating an infection, but this "imitation" infection does not cause illness. Vaccines are also safe. They undergo rigorous testing before they are approved for use, and continue to be regularly reassessed even once it is on the market. Sometimes, after getting a vaccine, the imitation infection can cause minor symptoms, such as a sore arm or mild fever. Such minor symptoms are normal and should be expected as the body builds immunity.

As children get older, they require additional doses of some vaccines for best protection. Older kids also need to be protected against additional diseases they may encounter. For additional information about vaccines, please visit

Vaccines are not just for children.

You can also download the CDC’s 2018 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults, below:

Recommended Immunizations for Adults: By Age and Health Condition

New Medicare Cards are Coming Soon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon be issuing every Medicare beneficiary a new Medicare Card, without Social Security Numbers, to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe.

It’s unfortunate that criminals are increasingly targeting people age 65 or older for medical identity theft, including when someone illegally uses another person’s Medicare number. An identity thief may bill Medicare for expensive services that were never provided or overbill for provided services. This can lead to inaccuracies in medical records, which can mean delayed care or denied services for patients and impacts taxpayer funding.

To help guard against medical identity theft and fraud, all Medicare beneficiaries will be receiving a new card with a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number. It will consist of eleven characters, a combination of numbers and uppercase letters. Because it is randomly generated, there is no connection to any other personal identifying information. This new number will replace the Social Security-based number currently used on all Medicare cards, and it’s designed to protect the personal information of Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS will begin mailing the newly designed Medicare cards in April 2018. Current and new Medicare beneficiaries do not need to do anything to receive the updated card, and can start using the new Medicare card as soon as it is received.

Once the new card is received, you should safely and securely destroy your current Medicare card. Make sure you bring the new card to your doctors’ appointments, and always keep your new number confidential. This will help protect your personal identity and prevent medical identity fraud because identity thieves can’t bill Medicare without a valid Medicare number. Additionally, you and your health care providers will be able to use secure online tools that CMS is developing to support quick access to your Medicare number when needed.

As your trusted healthcare provider, are helping our doctors and other providers and clinic staff get ready for the change as well to ensure an easy transition to the new card.

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