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Immunization Awareness
Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Every year, tens of thousands of adults in the U.S. needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC recognizes August, annually, as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The purpose of NIAM is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 
Four key messages to remember about vaccines:
  • Vaccines protect against serious diseases.
  • These diseases still exist and outbreaks do occur.
  • Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives.
  • Vaccines are very safe.
 
Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation, or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, or heart disease). Vaccination is important because it protects the person receiving the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems).
 
It's easy to think of these as diseases of the past. Most young parents in the United States have never seen the devastating effects that diseases like measles or whooping cough can have on a family or community. But the truth is they still exist.
 
Take advantage of any visit to your doctor – checkups, sick visits, even physicals for sports or college – to ask your doctor about what vaccinations you and your child need.
 
Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html for more information about NIAM. #NIAM17