August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and each week in August is dedicated to a different theme. Themes highlight the importance of timely immunizations at different stages in a person’s life, from birth to adulthood. Vaccines can protect you and your family from a number of serious, but preventable illnesses like polio, smallpox, and rubella. All vaccines go through extensive safety testing before being approved by the FDA to assure their benefits to individuals and families. According to the World Health Organization, vaccines prevent between 2-3 million deaths every year!
Most people are aware of the health benefits of vaccinations for infants and children. However, vaccines are not just for kids. Yearly vaccinations against the flu are recommended for adults, and booster shots are necessary to maintain immunity for certain illnesses over a longer period of time. When you get vaccinated, you are not only doing what is best for your health, but you also help prevent the spread of a number of diseases to more vulnerable individuals in the population such as newborns and the elderly.
Throughout the month, we will be sharing videos, articles, infographics, etc. about immunizations to spread awareness of their vital role in protecting people of all ages against several vaccine-preventable diseases. We encourage you to make sure that you and your family are up to date on your vaccinations!