The purpose of National Immunization Month is to highlight the importance of immunizations, not only in children, but in adults as well. They are needed throughout our lifetime.
For babies from birth to age 2, vaccines give parents the power to protect their children against 14 serious diseases. Most parents never see the devastating effects that diseases like polio, measles or whooping cough can have on a family or community. People think of these as diseases of the past, but the truth is, they still exist.
Getting ready for college is the time to make sure your young adult is up-to-date on all of the recommended vaccines, because some diseases spread quickly in college dorms and classrooms. During the 2011 regular Texas legislative session, Texas Senate Bill 1107 was passed requiring all students entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining the vaccination, 10 days before the first day of classes.
Each year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Protection from some childhood immunizations wears off over time, leaving adults vulnerable to disease. Most people do not realize that adults need immunizations other than an annual flu vaccine. However, other vaccines may be recommended due to factors such as a person’s age, job, hobbies, travel, or health conditions.
Vaccines are available at private doctor’s offices, pharmacies, community health clinics, and health departments. To find an immunization provider near you, go to http://www.vaccines.gov/more_info/features/healthmapvaccinefinder.html.
Getting vaccinated is an important step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from vaccine-preventable diseases. Talk to your doctor to find out which vaccines are right for you.
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