National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month which is an annual observance held to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
Vaccines have reduced and in some cases eliminated many diseases that once killed or harmed infants, children and adults.
With the school year rapidly approaching and flu season around the corner, August is an opportune time to update needed immunizations. By staying up-to-date on recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends from serious life-threatening infections. Nurse Practitioner Amy Pontius said, “The more people that you can get vaccinated and don’t continue to contract or pass on a disease or an illness, the better off the whole community is. We can get into what’s called a herd immunization where everyone around is basically immune to these diseases.”
Each week of NIAM focuses on a different age group and the vaccines required or recommended for that group. This week stresses vaccine recommendations for infants and young children.