August was National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is the perfect time to discuss why vaccinations are important.

Vaccination is important in the fight to stop the spread of infectious diseases worldwide. The month of August was dedicated to remembering the importance of immunizations for people of all ages.

We recently had a very important reminder of the power and positive impact that vaccines can have right here in New York after a recent measles outbreak quickly raised public health concerns. Vaccines were quickly handed out and the epidemic was able to be controlled again in just a few short months.

It is recommended that children are vaccinated early on in life to prevent the chances of contracting and spreading disease that could cause harm to their still young, developing immune systems.

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is the perfect time to discuss why vaccinations are important. It’s an especially hot topic right now, as the new school year begins and flu season kicks off.

Vaccines to protect on these fronts are critical for public health and to protect yourself and your family from potentially fatal diseases. Shingles, measles and even the flu can threaten lives. To protect against them, it’s critical that you have vaccines/ immunizations done on schedule. Talk to your healthcare provider to ensure you’re up to date on the vaccinations.

Since many countries do not have required vaccinations, foreign travelers can bring diseases over. If you or your child hasn’t been vaccinated against them, picking up diseases that have not been eliminated totally is still a threat. 

There is a public responsibility to remain vaccinated and to have your children up to date on their immunizations. Over time, the hope is that vaccines will lead to the total eradication of diseases that once plagued the population.

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