National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
Vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection against vaccine preventable diseases--from infancy to early adulthood and into old age. By getting vaccinated,
we not only protect ourselves, we help stop the spread of disease to those we love, and also help prevent spreading diseases to those that are unvaccinated in our
communities. Vaccines protect us from dangerous preventable diseases like Chickenpox, Flu, Hepatitis, Measles, Mumps, Meningococcal, Pneumonia, Shingles,
Pertussis (whooping cough), Polio and more. But, for vaccines to be most effective, vaccination rates must remain high. We must be persistent in raising awareness
about immunizations and encouraging timely vaccination.
Immunizations are not just for children, it is just as important for teens, college students and adults to stay current on their vaccinations. 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. The only way to be
absolutely certain about what vaccinations you've received or need to get is to gather your medical records. Contact your doctor and request your immunization records to
determine whether or not you are up to date. Just because you feel healthy doesn't mean you don't need to be vaccinated. Unlike most medicines, which treat or cure diseases,
vaccines prevent them. So, talk to your health care provider and get immunized today.
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