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National Immunization Awareness Month

by Premier Health

National Immunization Awareness is observed in the United States in August, to highlight the importance of immunization and vaccination in people of all ages. Vaccines are important and can prevent the spread of deadly diseases among children and adults. 

The CDC estimates that for children born in the United States between 1994 and 2013, vaccination will prevent 732,000 deaths, 322 million illnesses, and 21 million hospitalizations. 

Before vaccination, children were at serious risk for several debilitating illnesses, including Polio, Measles, Rubella, Pertussis (whooping cough), Diphtheria, and Meningitis. Vaccines given to children are proven to protect children from several serious illnesses before the age of 2. 

Vaccination is also important to stop the spread of serious illnesses among school-aged children. Without vaccination, children are at risk for spreading illness to newborns too young to have vaccination, or to elderly persons or those with compromised immune systems.

Teenagers and preteens need 4 main vaccinations to protect themselves and their peers from potentially deadly diseases. A Meningitis vaccine, an HPV vaccine, a Tdap vaccine, and a yearly flu shot is recommended for this age group. 

It is recommended if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, that you are up to date on all of your routine vaccines. Vaccines help protect you and your unborn child from a variety of preventable diseases. Vaccines received during pregnancy must be inactivated. If you require live (active) vaccines, you must get them at least one month before pregnancy. 

Adults receive far fewer vaccines than they should. According to a National Health Interview Survey in 2014, only 20% of adults received the Tdap vaccination. Adults should speak with their healthcare provider to find out what vaccinations they need. If you are behind on your vaccinations, speak with your healthcare provider to your immunizations up to date. If you would like to make an appointment with your Premier Health Associates provider, we are open 7 days a week. We are also doing virtual visits if you would like to  have a consultation from the comfort and safety of your home.

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