Are Your Immunizations Up-To-Date? How to Tell

Keeping your immunizations up to date is essential for maintaining your health and for protecting the well-being of those around you.

However, it’s not unusual for people to switch doctors and medical offices several times. And many people don’t have an official record of their vaccinations, making it difficult to know what shots have been received and when.

So, how can you find out if your immunizations are up to date?

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Measles are Spreading; Protect Your Family!

Unfortunately, thanks to false information spread by the anti-vaccination movement, many parents across the United States have chosen not to provide their children with the protections they need against vaccine-preventable diseases such as the measles.

Although these parents feel not vaccinating is a personal parenting choice, it is a medical decision that has a greater impact outside of their immediate family. As we have explained in the past, herd immunity only works when a majority of the population is vaccinated and diseases like the measles are unable to spread. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, you could be contributing to a growing illness that can be fatal.

Think this is an overreaction? The US is currently experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak, all traced back to Disneyland — and the metro area has the potential for the measles to spread since our vaccination rate falls below the national standard.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s measles outbreak.

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Vaccinating Your Kids Before They Go Back to School in Kansas City

Vaccinations are an essential part of a child’s health, growth, and development. In order to keep students, teachers, and staff safe, Kansas and Missouri have strict guidelines regarding immunizations that every child must have before he or she attends school. Since it’s National Immunization Awareness Month, and school is back in session, parents need to be wary of local immunization requirements! Continue reading “Vaccinating Your Kids Before They Go Back to School in Kansas City” »

College Students: Read This Before You Go Back to School

As August progresses, many KC teens are getting ready to start college or return back to campuses across the country. There are many things to think about, such as class schedules, football games, and seeing friends. Whether you go to school in Kansas City or attend a distant school, it’s important to include health and safety on your school checklist.  Continue reading “College Students: Read This Before You Go Back to School” »

Importance of Children’s Vaccinations

Vaccinations are an important decision for all parents. A few years ago, California followed Mississippi and West Virginia as the third state to require parents to vaccinate their children. Legally, parents cannot refuse unless there is a medical reason.  Continue reading “Importance of Children’s Vaccinations” »

Get Healthy Before You Embark on Summer Travels

If you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning your summer vacation! The key to having a great trip with your family is all in the preparation. There are flights to book, hotel rooms to reserve, sightseeing checklists to make, and, of course, essentials to pack.

Many of us neglect to take the necessary steps to stay healthy when we travel, but it’s a decision that is essential for a safe trip. Luckily, Test Smartly Labs has some easy tips to make sure that you have fun and stay healthy during your summer travels.

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