It’s National Immunization Month—Are You Up to Date?

National Immunization Month is here to remind us again that vaccines are important in our lives. Immunization is a method in which the person’s body is strengthened against intentionally-placed invading agents known as immunogen. The process of immunization can prevent a person from full exposure to sickness or disease. This prevents countless hospitalizations and deaths each year. Not only does immunization help you stay healthy, it keeps you from passing on sickness to the people around you.

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There are two main kinds of immunization:

Active immunization – This occurs naturally when an individual makes contact with invasive organisms, and the body builds a defense against the intruders.

Passive immunization – This process involves the transmission of pre-synthesized antibodies into the immune system. A gentle introduction of a neutralized version of a disease into a person’s immune systems allows the body to identify the disease, build an immunity to it, and prepare to attack it if the person is exposed to the real sickness in the future.

The majority of today’s health professionals, medical researchers, and professional medical groups highly recommend immunization for kids. According to the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), the country’s leading source of childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization, immunizations have built a strong case for themselves. The coalition’s website states, “During the past 50 years, immunization has saved more than a billion lives and prevented countless illnesses and disabilities in the United States.”

Talk to your primary care physician to find out if you and/or your child are current on immunizations. You may also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about keeping current on immunizations:

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.