August is National Immunization Awareness Month. The CDC developed immunization materials in an attempt to educate others year round about how to protect yourself against infectious diseases.
Birth to 6. Babies receive vaccinations that help protect them from 14 diseases by age 2 (CDC). After age 2 it’s recommended to receive a yearly flu vaccination to protect them from the different strains they can catch in school or daycare. When children are not vaccinated they pose a greater risk to not only catching diseases but spreading them as well.
Preteens and Teens. Vaccines are recommended for preteens and teens because some childhood vaccines wear off over time and as children get older they develop a greater risk of developing those diseases. Those disease include: meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, septicemia, and HPV.
Adults. Even healthy adults can be become ill and spread diseases to others. Immunization is especially important for those that already have a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease (CDC). Immunization is also important for anyone who has contact with those with a weakened immune system such as children or older adults. Other vaccines for adults include: shingles, pneumococcal, hepatitis, HPV.
Pregnant Women. Those planning to become pregnant need to be aware of the vaccines they need to be administered not only during the pregnancy but weeks prior. Some vaccine-preventable diseases include: rubella, whooping cough and flu.
To learn how to better protect yourself and find out which vaccines are needed and when visit the CDC and download their Tool Kit.
Provided by Kendall Taylor of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT) in their 2015 Wellstyles Monthly Newsletter.