It's National Immunization Awareness Month

Are you up to date on all your vaccines?

Shots are extremely important for infants in order to ensure the prevention of illness when their newborn immune systems are so vulnerable.  Hear from Dr. Lisa Stellwagen, clinical professor of pediatrics and medical director of Newborn Services at UC San Diego, in this episode of Health Matters to learn about what vaccines a newborn needs.

It’s also important for children to be up to date on vaccines before starting school, as children with vaccine-preventable illnesses can be denied attendance. The Vaccines for Children program has been federally funded to provide free vaccines to children of low-income families. Learn about recommended and mandatory vaccines for children in “Safety of Childhood Vaccines.”

Remember that shots are not just for kids. People of all ages need to keep track of their immunization record to be sure that they are protecting themselves from deadly diseases. Dr. Lisa Winston of UCSF’s Division of Infectious Diseases explains the need for different vaccines at different stages of life in “Vaccines for Adults and Adolescents.”

If you are planning to go on an exotic vacation, watch “Travel Medicine-Health Matters” as you might need to get extra vaccines before you expose yourself to unfamiliar pathogens.

Check out other programs with information on immunization on UCSD-TV.

Learn more about National Immunization Awareness Month at the Center for Disease Control.

Traveling Abroad? Then This 'Health Matters' Matters To You

A trip abroad can be the adventure of a lifetime but it can also wreak havoc on your immune system. How can travelers minimize health risks before heading out to the airport? If you do return home sick, how can you be sure to get an accurate diagnosis?

On the latest edition of “Health Matters,” travel medicine specialist Dr. Joseph Vinetz joins host Dr. David Granet to discuss the health needs of every traveler. Also, Dr. Sharon Reed takes us on a tour of the Microbiology and Virology Laboratories at UC San Diego, where diseases contracted both at home and abroad are diagnosed.

Watch “Travel Medicine — Health Matters,” premiering tonight (March 21) at 8pm and online now.