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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Month, a time to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.  With school quickly approaching, it’s time to check immunizations records to see if your kids are up to date. Vaccines protect us from dangerous preventable diseases like Chickenpox, Flu, Hepatitis, Measles, Mumps, Meningococcal, Pneumonia, Shingles, Pertussis (whooping cough), Polio and more.  Vaccines not only help shield us and those we love from getting these diseases, they also help avoid spreading diseases to those that are unvaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that for children born in the U.S. from 1994 to 2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes.

Vaccines have dramatically changed medicine over the last century. Before vaccines, parents in the United States could expect that every year:

 

  • Polio would paralyze 10,000 children.
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) would kill 8,000 infants.
  • Measles would infect about 4 million children, killing about 500.
  • Rubella (German measles) would cause birth defects and intellectual disabilities in as many as 20,000 newborns.
  • Diphtheria would be one of the most common causes of death in school-aged children.
  • A bacterium called Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) would cause meningitis in 15,000 children, leaving many with permanent brain damage

 

Immunizations are not just for children.  Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. Adults may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to age, job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.

Vaccines are suggested for adults to prevent serious diseases such as influenza (flu), shingles, pneumonia, hepatitis, and a cough.

 

Most adults have possibly not received all the vaccines they need.

 

According to CDC data,:

    • Only 20% of adults 19 years or older had received Tdap vaccination. – National Health Interview Survey 2014
    • Only 28% of adults 60 years or older had received shingles (herpes zoster) vaccination. – National Health Interview Survey 2014
    • Only 20% of adults 19 to 64 years at increased risk had received pneumococcal vaccination. – National Health Interview Survey 2014
    • Only about 44% of adults 18 years or older received a flu vaccine during the 2014-2015 flu season. – Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System 2014-2015

 

 

Below are 4 reasons to get vaccinated

 

  1. Vaccines will help keep you healthy
     
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinations throughout your life to protect against many infections. 
  2. Keeping your loved ones healthy. Most diseases preventable by vaccines are also highly contagious. If you become sick, that puts your loved ones at risk as well.
  3. You can help protect those who can't get vaccinated. People with certain medical conditions (like pregnant women or people undergoing cancer treatment) may not be able to get certain vaccines, but are very vulnerable to illness. Vaccines can help prevent the spread of contagious diseases to them. 
  4. You can reduce the chance that you'll pass on a serious disease to your loved ones. Most vaccine-preventable disease can be contagious, like influenza, meningitis, and whooping cough. Receiving your recommended vaccines can reduce the risk that you get sick and spread disease on to others.

 

For more information on National Immunization Awareness Month please feel free to check out the follow sites:

 

https://www.dhd10.org/national-immunization-awareness-month/

 

https://bestcare.org/news/4-reasons-you-should-get-vaccinated#:~:text=For%20adults%2C%20vaccines%20are%20recommended,provider%20organizations%20across%20the%20country.

 

https://www.rxlist.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=193819


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