Category Archives: Vaccination & Immunization

Reducing the Risk for HPV Infection

By Dr. Lindsey Vasquez, Associate Medical Director—OB/GYN The Human papillomavirus virus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly all men and women will get HPV at some point in their lives.  Most HPV infections go away by themselves within …

Wellness Bar by Legacy Now Open in Montrose

The new facility on Westheimer offers a list of preventative care services in a spa-like setting. By Barrett White   What do you think of when you think about preventative health care? Stuffy exam rooms, drab queue areas, and long wait times? Perhaps, but certainly not if you’re a patient at Legacy. The same community …

National Pharmacy Week: The Role Pharmacists Play in Patient Health Care

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate This week marks National Pharmacy Week, a time set aside to acknowledge the contributions pharmacists make in caring for patients. Pharmacists are a valuable resource in patient care. Beyond filling prescriptions, they help patients adhere to their medications, assist with questions and concerns, as well as provide immunizations. Legacy pharmacists …

Is it safe to immunize my baby during the COVID-19 pandemic?

By Carolina Boyd, Communications Associate During this time in which we are all focused on COVID-19 concerns, many parents are wondering if they should still vaccinate their babies.  It’s an important question as the United States observes National Infant Immunization Week (April 25-May 2, 2020). The yearly observance highlights the importance of protecting children two …

Seven Myths about the Flu Vaccine

By Kimberly Cooper, Occupational Health and Infection Control Nurse This week marks National Influenza Vaccination week. This event was created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in 2005 to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated for the flu.  Despite various efforts to get people vaccinated, many myths remain about the flu vaccine. We are …

Getting ready for this year’s flu season

By Carolina Boyd If you’ve been to the doctor lately, chances are your health care provider has asked if you’ve gotten a flu shot yet. There is good reason for that. The flu virus is most active during the fall and winter months. Flu season usually begins in October and peaks between December and February, …

Back-to-school vaccinations for your kids

The first day of school is fast approaching. Does your back-to-school checklist include getting your kids up to date on their immunizations?  As a parent, getting your children vaccinated in a timely manner helps to protect them, as well as the health of their classmates, friends, relatives and others in the community. Certain vaccination doses …

Vaccine Before Vacation: Staying healthy this summer

By Barrett White My family didn’t travel much when I was a child, we simply couldn’t afford it. But when we could afford a weekend adventure away from home, we would pile in the car and drive out to New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio. We never worried much about travel vaccinations, because these …

Legacy Community Health encourages measles vaccination

Legacy Community Health, Texas’ largest community health system with 34 clinics, today encouraged parents to vaccinate their children against measles and to watch for signs or symptoms of measles infection. Five cases of the virus have been confirmed this week in Harris and surrounding counties. “Measles is an extremely contagious disease but is preventable with …

Flu is on the rise in Houston. Are you prepared?

An expected increase in flu activity across Houston is a reminder that it’s we should all be vigilant in protecting ourselves against the disease. According to the Houston Health Department, which monitors 42 Houston area hospitals, flu activity is expected to increase over the next few weeks. Typically, the flu season peaks between the months …