National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination in preventing serious, sometimes fatal, diseases across the lifespan of people of all ages.
Every year, over 200,000 people become seriously ill from viral infections that could have been prevented. Regardless of age, vaccines lower the chance of developing certain diseases, such as influenza which affects many families every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receiving the flu vaccination can reduce the risk of illness by 40 to 60 percent. Staying up-to-date can also avert the spread of diseases to your family and loved ones.
National Immunization Awareness Month is a friendly reminder that vaccinations are a safe and easy way to promote a healthier lifestyle. With summer ending and school beginning, it is important to make an appointment with your physician can provide information about vaccine needs and issues related specifically to different age groups. The physician takes the child’s medical history and determines which immunizations may be the most effective.
Regardless of age, immunizations may help to prevent you and your loved ones from vaccine-preventable diseases, such as the flu or measles, etc.
We all know contracting illnesses as a child or an adult can cause discomfort as well as inconvenience. School absenteeism due to viruses is the most common occurrence affecting children across the nation. Illnesses can spread quickly through school settings due to poor hand washing and coughing, creating highly contagious environments.
Updating vaccinations are the most effective and safe way to reduce the risk of infection throughout schools and the community. An appointment with your physician can provide information about vaccine needs and issues related specifically to different age groups. Your physician will take into account your child’s medical history and determine which immunizations may be the most effective.