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August is Immunization Awareness Month

Toni Ann DiSantis

There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones, but illness is not one of them. Take charge of your health and help protect those around you by asking about vaccines at your next doctor’s visit.

Vaccines are not just for kids.  Few adults know they need vaccines other than flu vaccine, and even fewer are fully vaccinated.  Each year, tens of thousands of adults needlessly suffer, are hospitalized, and even die as a result of diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. However, a recent national Centers for Disease Control ( CDC) survey showed that most U.S adults are not even aware that they need vaccines throughout their lives to protect against diseases like pertussis, hepatitis, shingles and pneumococcal disease.

Not only can vaccine-preventable diseases make you very sick, but id you get sick, you may risk spreading certain diseases to others.

Infants, older adults and peoples with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases.

To see the recommended immunizations for adults click HERE.

Make sure you know all the facts before getting a vaccine. For more information about vaccines, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines