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By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
June 07, 2021
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunization  

How immunizations from your doctor in Metairie, LA, can help you stay healthy

Immunizations are one of the easiest, most effective ways to protect your health. Before immunizations were available, millions of people of all ages died from influenza, pneumonia, measles, polio, and other serious and contagious diseases. You owe it to yourself and your health to make sure you are current on your immunizations, and your doctor can help.

Dr. Alan Sheen offers a wide range of medical and allergy services, including immunizations to help you stay healthy. He has two convenient office locations in Metairie, and Covington, LA, to help you.

There are many types of immunizations, appropriate for various ages. Children are one of the most vulnerable groups and should be kept current on immunizations. Immunizations are also required for a child to attend daycare and school. According to the CDC, these are the recommended and required immunizations from birth to age 18:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
  • Haemophilus influenza type B
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal conjugate
  • Rotavirus
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Chickenpox
  • Hepatitis A
  • Human papillomavirus
  • Meningococcal conjugate
  • Flu

Seniors are another vulnerable group who can benefit from being vaccinated. Many seniors have underlying medical conditions or weakened immune systems which make them more susceptible to contagious and serious diseases.

Recommended immunizations for seniors include:

  • Influenza every year
  • Pneumonia every year
  • Shingles, one-shot for life

There are also new vaccinations available to the public to prevent Covid-19. These vaccines have dramatically lowered the incidence of severe illness, hospitalizations, and death from Covid-19.

Remember that when you and your family are vaccinated, it protects you and everyone you come into contact with from acquiring a potentially serious illness or disease.

You and your family deserve to stay healthy and enjoy a long life. Immunizations can help. To find out more about the types of immunizations and how they can help you, call Dr. Alan Sheen in Metairie, LA, at (504) 456-1999, or Covington, LA, at (985) 246-6077. Call today!

By Dr. Alan E Sheen MD
May 26, 2020
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines   Child Health  

Keeping your child healthy and strong throughout their life is a top priority as a parent. This means making sure they have their immunizations at the right stages of life, they eat healthy meals, and that they receive plenty of exercise. Dr. Alan E Sheen is an allergist based in Metairie, LA. He specializes in immunizations and the treatment of allergies to keep your child as healthy as possible—read on to learn more.

Immunizations

Immunizations are important for your child to prevent them from catching many diseases that would otherwise be life-threatening. Because vaccines are given at different ages and some need regular booster shots, it can be confusing to know when it’s the right time to get your child immunized. Accordingly, parents in Metairie, LA, schedule their children’s vaccines with Dr. Sheen to ensure that they are always up to date.

Nutrition

A healthy diet is essential for your child’s physical, mental, and emotional growth. You can easily make healthy meals more fun by getting creative with colors and shapes. Make sure your child eats plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and has plenty of fiber in their diet. Additionally, make sure to avoid fast food and beverages that are loaded with sugar.

Exercise

Children age six and over need an hour of exercise at least three days a week. This is important for their growing bones and muscles and helps prevent obesity. Participating in outdoor activities with your child, whether it’s throwing a ball, riding bicycles, or going for walks, is a great way for both of you to get some aerobic exercise. On rainy days, break out some kid’s dance or exercise videos and make it fun.

If you are looking for a pediatric allergist or you want to update your child’s immunizations, you can contact Dr. Sheen at his Metairie office at (504) 456-1999 or at his Covington office at (985) 246-6077.

By Dr. Alan E Sheen
June 24, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations  

When you become a parent for the first time, it can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to all the vaccinations your child needs. There are vaccines to protect against about 14 different kinds of diseases and it doesn’t just protect your child but also the community by preventing the spread of infection. If it’s time to bring your child in for a vaccine, our Metairie and Covington, LA, allergist Dr. Alan Sheen is here to help.

Why are vaccines important for children?

The biggest benefit to keeping your child up to date with vaccines is that you are giving their bodies what they need to protect against certain viruses and diseases that could cause serious complications or sometimes, even death. It’s particularly important for school-age children to get the vaccines they need before school to reduce their risk for exposure to serious diseases. In most cases, schools will require proper documentation from our Metairie and Covington, LA, allergy doctor to make sure that all children are properly vaccinated before the school year.

Vaccines are preventive; therefore, this is one way to reduce the cost of your child’s health care. Vaccines prevent infections that if contracted could require certain treatments, procedures or even hospitalizations. By getting your child immunized, you can save on medical costs and prevent your child from having to undergo invasive procedures and treatments due to an infection.

Furthermore, there are some people within the community that cannot be vaccinated. Perhaps they have certain disorders, have weak immune systems or are too young for all their vaccinations (this is the case with newborns). By making sure your child is vaccinated, you not only protect your little one from getting sick but also your own family members and members of the community who may not be able to get vaccinated.

Are immunizations safe?

We know that some parents are concerned about the safety of childhood vaccinations. All vaccines undergo rigorous testing and must be approved by the FDA to be safe and effective. Of course, children who have known allergies to certain components within a vaccine will not get that specific vaccine. Serious side effects are rare; however, some children may develop minor side effects like a low-grade fever, headache, or swelling and soreness near the injection site. These symptoms will go away on their own and aren’t a cause for concern.

It’s time to protect your child against a host of serious illnesses. Call (504) 456-1999 to schedule an appointment at our Metairie, LA, allergist’s office or (985) 246-6077 to schedule an appointment at our Covington, LA, office. Schedule your child’s next series of immunizations with Dr. Sheen today!

By Dr. Alan E Sheen
June 13, 2019
Category: Immunizations
Tags: Immunizations   Vaccines   Chicken Pox   Measles   Flu Shots  

Immunization in Metairie, LAImmunizations are an essential part of well-child care. Proper immunizations protect the health of the individual child and protect all children in the community as a whole. Many parents have concerns about immunizations and may choose to not immunize their children, but it is important to fully understand each immunization. As a parent, you are encouraged to talk to your pediatrician for more information on proper immunization scheduling for your child in the Metairie, LA area.  

Immunizations for Teenagers and Young Adults in Metairie, LA

Many parents only think of vaccines as something needed for infants and young children, and that they are less important later in life. However, teenagers and young adults often get a number of vaccine-preventable diseases, including hepatitis B, measles, German measles, and chickenpox. Teens and young adults need protection against infectious illnesses as well.  

Teenagers are encouraged to see their pediatrician or other physicians on a regular basis and should keep an updated record of their immunizations. Many will need more vaccinations as teenagers, particularly if they have not been previously vaccinated against hepatitis B or chickenpox. Important vaccines for your teenager include:

  • Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR)
  • Tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) or tetanus-diptheria (Td) booster
  • Influenza
  • Meningococcal
  • Hepatitis A

As a responsible parent, it is important for you to be fully informed on the vaccines offered for your child in the Metairie, LA area. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with your pediatrician.