With the re-emergence of polio, many people now wonder if they were ever vaccinated against it. Certainly, the world has re-learned, recently, the absolute necessity of vaccination availability, to prevent both epidemic and pandemic.
So, how do you determine what you’ve been immunized against, and what you haven’t?
Here are a few ways you can find out your immunization status:
- * Ask your parents, guardian or close family member
- * Ask your family physician If you are a veteran check with the military.
- If none of the above are options, there are blood tests available, to determine if you had certain childhood vaccines or are protected through previous infection.
- You can also get re-vaccinated.
- It’s important to note that some vaccinations, which we did get as children, like the shot to prevent German measles, may actually wear off. Doctors have found that some of those immunizations only last 30 years or so. That means you may need to re-vaccinate, as an update.