National Immunization Awareness Month

As so many of you prepare for children to begin or return to school, August is the perfect time to remember to catch up on immunizations. So the public health observance, National Immunization Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing awareness around this significant public health measure. While it is easy to remember immunizations for infants and children who are most vulnerable, new developments in infectious disease have led to new immunizations as well as new recommendations for adolescents and young adults. Finally, don’t forget yourself and your parents. Be aware of the vaccines that are recommended for specific age groups or individuals with certain risk factors. Make sure that you receive these immunizations as it is critical to protecting yourselves and ultimately, the community from disease.

Why are immunizations important?
As a result of systematic immunization in the U.S., the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, and other diseases that once resulted in death has been significantly reduced. Yet despite these efforts, today tens of thousands of people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases because they fail to keep up with booster immunizations or they belong to a high-risk group that could benefit from immunization protection but failed to do so. In short, immunizations offer safe and effective protection from diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and their communities from serious, life-threatening infectious diseases.

Learn more:

2010 Immunizations for Infant, Youth, and Adolescents (Age birth to 18 years)

2010 Immunizations Schedule for Adults (Age 19 and beyond)

For additional immunization information, call the CDC-INFO Contact Center at English and Spanish (800) CDC-INFO, (800) 232-4636 or for International Travel immunization information, call 1 (877) 394-8747.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website

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