It’s National Immunization Awareness Month

August 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the life span, from infants to the elderly.

With children returning to school, and healthcare workers preparing for the upcoming flu season, it’s the perfect time to remind family, friends and coworkers to catch up on recommended vaccinations.

Why are immunizations important?

Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States, and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and other diseases. But despite these efforts, people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. By staying up-to-date on the recommended vaccines, individuals can protect themselves, their families and friends, and their communities from serious, life-threatening infections.

Who should be immunized?

Getting immunized is a lifelong, life-protecting community effort regardless of age, sex, race, ethnic background or country of origin. Recommended vaccinations (including boosters) begin soon after birth and continue throughout life. Being aware of the recommended vaccines for infants, children, adolescents, and adults of all ages, and receiving these immunizations, are critical to protecting individuals and our communities from disease.

Additionally, vaccines against certain diseases that may be encountered when traveling outside of the U.S. are recommended for travelers to specific regions of the world. For more information about NIAM and immunizations, visit www.cdc.gov or check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s adult immunization schedule and the childhood and adolescent immunization schedule.

Entry filed under: Managing your health.

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