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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), an annual observance that highlights the importance of receiving recommended vaccines throughout our lives. We have the power to protect ourselves and our families from serious diseases by ensuring that we all receive the right vaccines at the right times. 

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best protection against many diseases—from infancy to early adulthood and into old age. By getting vaccinated, we not only protect ourselves, we help stop the spread of disease to our children, families and communities. But, for vaccines to be most effective, vaccination rates must remain high!

Why Do You Need Adult Immunizations?

While we are all aware of the necessity of vaccinations for newborn babies and young children, many may not realize that we need vaccines throughout our lives.  Many of the vaccines we received as children to create immunities to infectious diseases last a lifetime, but not all of them. For example, tetanus and diphtheria vaccines need to be updated with a new vaccine and then with booster shots every 10 years to maintain immunity. There are other reasons why adult immunizations may be necessary:

  • Some adults never received immunizations as children.
  • Vaccine recommendations and vaccines change over the years. Certain vaccines may not have been available when some adults were children.
  • Immunity can begin to fade over time.
  • As we age, we become more susceptible to serious disease caused by common infections like the flu.
  • As an adult we may work in the health care field or other profession that puts us at risk for contact with infectious diseases.

The following informative video from the Centers for Disease Control helps illustrate the vaccines that are recommended for adults. 

Mary Beth Toole discusses adult vaccine needs with her physician.  CCHC Healthcare New BernNC
With busy jobs and four active kids, Mary Beth and Barckley Toole don’t have time to get sick. A call from the doctor’s office reminded Mary Beth that they need vaccines to help stay healthy – just like their kids do. Follow along as she and Barckley find out what vaccines are recommended for adults.

You may need other vaccines based on your age, health conditions, job, lifestyle, or travel habits. Call us today at 252.514.4111 to schedule an appointment to talk with your CCHC healthcare provider about what vaccines may be recommended for you.