August is National Immunization Awareness Month, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). You have the power to protect yourself and your children from serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses such as pneumonia, shingles, and the flu.
Vaccines provide immunity to severe diseases before children are exposed to them. Parents can safeguard their young children against diseases like measles, whooping cough, and cancers caused by HPV. It is recommended that pre-teens and teens also get vaccines to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections (meningococcal conjugate vaccine), cancers resulting from HPV (HPV vaccine), and tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (Tdap vaccine). They also should get the annual flu vaccine to protect them against seasonal flu illnesses.
And vaccines aren’t just for kids.
Adults may need vaccines to protect against whooping cough, the flu, several types of pneumonia, and shingles. For diabetics, some diseases, like the flu, can make it more difficult to control glucose levels. For people with chronic lung diseases like asthma and COPD, the pneumococcal vaccine may also be important to staying healthy. Immunizing in a timely fashion will help these vaccines have the maximum effect.