National Immunization Awareness Month
Contrary to what some may think, being immunized as a child is not enough. Immunizations should occur across the life span, from infants to the elderly. Older populations in particularly is especially vulnerable to illnesses. Common adult illnesses include influenza (flu), shingles, whooping cough, and hepatitis A and B. Some of these illnesses, once contracted, do not have a cure, and all may cause tremendous health problems, disability or even death.
Why are immunizations important?
Vaccines offer safe and effective protection from infectious diseases. Yet, every year, tens of thousands of U.S. adults die from diseases they could have avoided with vaccination. Like eating healthy food, exercising and getting regular physicals, vaccines are important to your overall health. Vaccines are one of the most convenient, simplest and safest preventive care measures available.