Against the backdrop of a worldwide pandemic, maintaining the health of our families and communities has never been more important. Maintaining regular visits with a physician and updating vaccinations in accordance with the latest science-based recommendations protects us against dozens of life-threatening diseases and illnesses, and helps keep our immune systems strong. So Raise Your Guard, Kentucky! Make an appointment with your physician today to update your family’s vaccinations.

Con la pandemia mundial afectando a cada vez más gente, se ha vuelto más importante que nunca mantenernos enfocados en la salud de nuestras familias y comunidades. Mantener las visitas periódicas al médico y actualizar las vacunas de acuerdo a las recomendaciones científicas más avanzadas nos permite protegernos contra docenas de enfermedades que pueden atentar contra nuestras vidas. Ello, además, mantiene nuestro sistema inmunológico fuerte. Así que ¡Levante la Guardia, Kentucky! Haga una cita con su médico hoy y actualice la información de las vacunas de toda su familia.

ABOUT

Raise Your Guard, KY is an initiative of the Kentucky Medical Association, the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky to encourage Kentuckians to continue regular well-visits with their physicians and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Immunization Schedules to protect themselves and their families from vaccine-preventable illnesses.

Levanta la Guardia Kentucky es una iniciativa del Kentucky Medical Association, de la Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care, la Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky  y  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky para alentar a los residentes de Kentucky a que continúen con sus citas regulares con su médico y para que sigan las recomendaciones de vacunas del Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a fin de protegerse y proteger a sus familias de las enfermedades que pueden ser prevenidas vacunándose.

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About the Kentucky Medical Association:


Established in 1851, the Kentucky Medical Association is a professional organization for physicians throughout the Commonwealth. The KMA works on behalf of physicians and the patients they serve to ensure the delivery of quality, affordable healthcare. Members of the KMA share a mission of commitment to the profession and service to the citizens of this Commonwealth that extends across rural and urban areas. From solo practitioners to academicians to large, multi-specialty groups, KMA is the ONLY state association representing every specialty and type of medical practice in Kentucky.

About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky:

Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested more than $29 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. 

About the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care:

Founded by the Kentucky Medical Association in 1971, the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to improving the health of all Kentuckians through medical education. 

About the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield :

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky is available at www.anthem.com

WHY IMMUNIZE?

The diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccination is one of the most convenient and safest preventive care measures available.

In recent months, families have been doing their part by staying at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. As communities reopen, it’s essential to see a physician regularly for many reasons, including:

  • For children, tracking growth and development including milestones, social behaviors, and learning

  • Discussing any concerns about your health or your child’s health

  • Getting scheduled vaccinations to prevent illnesses such as the flu,  measles and whooping cough (pertussis).

Did you know? Immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Adults are also at risk for different diseases  and may need other vaccines based on age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Learn more about what other vaccines may be recommended for you by talking to your physician.

¿Por qué debe vacunarse?

Las vacunas previenen enfermedades que pueden ser peligrosas,  o incluso mortales. Vacunarse es una de las medidas preventivas de cuidado de la salud más convenientes y seguras.

Durante los meses recientes, las familias han puesto mucho de su parte quedándose en casa lo máximo posible para ayudar a evitar que el COVID-19 se propague. En la medida que las comunidades  regresan a sus actividades normales, es esencial que Ud. y su familia visiten a un médico con cierta regularidad por muchas razones, incluyendo:

  • Para los niños, para hacer un seguimiento de su crecimiento y desarrollo, incluyendo alcanzar los hitos apropiados a su edad, comportamientos sociales y aprendizaje.

  • Para discutir cualquier asunto que le esté preocupando referido a su salud o la de sus hijos o hijas.

  • Vacunarse según el calendario de vacunación para prevenir enfermedades como la gripe, el sarampión y la tos ferina.

¿Sabía usted? La inmunidad que se logra con las vacunas en la infancia suele disminuir con el pasar del tiempo. Los adultos también se encuentran en riesgo de contraer diversas enfermedades y pueden necesitar de otras vacunas según su edad, condiciones de salud, trabajo, estilo de vida, o hábitos de viaje. Hable con su médico sobre las vacunas que puedan ser recomendables para Ud.

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