National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month occurs every August and is a great opportunity to inform people on the importance of vaccinations.

Vaccination is essential because it protects the person receiving the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially in those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.

Children are especially susceptible and when they are not vaccinated, they are put at an increased risk. Child care facilities and schools are especially prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases, making it extremely critical to vaccinate children who will be in these environments.

Babies receive vaccinations that help shield them from 14 diseases by age 2. It is very important that babies obtain all doses of each vaccine and get each immunization on time.

Children are also due for additional doses of some vaccines between ages 4 and 6. Following the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most significant things parents can do to safeguard their children’s health. If a child falls behind the recommended schedule, vaccines can still be given to “catch-up” before adolescence.

Many people associate vaccinations with infants and children; however, all adults, should get the influenza vaccine each year to defend against seasonal flu. Additionally, every adult should recieve the Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster injection every 10 years.

Adults may need other vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, or immunizations they have already received.