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The Importance of Immunizations

August 12, 2015

Each year in August, the value of immunization is highlighted through National Immunization Awareness Month. Immunization helps both children and adults prevent dangerous and often deadly diseases. Regardless of age, immunization health should be maintained throughout one's entire lifetime. National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and to remind others to stay up-to-date on their shots, as well as to plan ahead to receive the flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to stay healthy all year long, and an ideal way to help prevent harmful diseases from affecting you, your family, and those around you.

As summer winds down in mid-to-late August, the flu vaccine will typically become available. Getting this immunization early can help prevent you and your family members from getting the flu throughout all of flu season which generally lasts through February. While at the doctor receiving the flu shot, you can also make sure to ask your healthcare provider about other suggested vaccines that you might need. It is vital that you make sure your entire family is current on their tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (chickenpox) boosters. The HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine can also help prevent cancers later in life that are caused by HPV.

Currently, vaccines are the best defense that we have against these and other serious diseases. Use National Immunization Awareness Month as your chance to make sure that you and your loved one's vaccinations are current. Talk with your healthcare provider about what vaccines you and your family may need, and remind your family, friends, and co-workers to stay up-to-date on their shots. Save lives by being an advocate for vaccination.

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