August is National Immunization Month!
This month the National Public Health Information Coalition is raising awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes fatal, diseases. National Immunization Awareness Month was created to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on all the vaccinations that are recommended for them. Most people assume that children are the only ones who need to be vaccinated, however immunizations help protect everyone from serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia!
There are certain immunizations that we don’t receive as children but need to have done as an adult. These immunizations are postponed until adulthood because as we age we become more susceptible to serious diseases caused by common infections.
National Immunization Month is a great time to remind our family and friends to get vaccinated. A few important facts to mention are:
- All adults need a Td booster every 10 years.
- All 7th graders living in California are required to have their Tdap vaccine before starting school.
- The HPV vaccine can help girls and boys stay safe.
- The HPV vaccine can help prevent certain cancers.
- Getting the flu vaccine every year can protect yourself and other around you.
A lot of people don’t know what vaccines are recommend or the appropriate time to get them. Encourage your family and friends to speak with their doctor and make sure they are up to date on all their immunizations.