August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Shots (or vaccines) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Vaccines aren’t just for kids – adults need to get vaccinated to stay protected from serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia.
National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to promote vaccines and remind family, friends, and coworkers to stay up to date on their shots.
You have the power to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases.
- You have the power to protect yourself and your baby from serious diseases like whooping cough and flu.
- It’s important for your health and the health of your baby to be up to date on your vaccines before you are pregnant and to get recommended vaccines while you are pregnant.
- If you are pregnant, getting vaccinated can help protect your baby after birth by passing on antibodies.
- Some diseases, like flu, are more serious for pregnant women. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from flu. Risk of premature labor and delivery is increased in pregnant women with flu.
- Ask your doctor or nurse about the vaccines you need during pregnancy to protect yourself and your baby.
- You have the power to protect your children against serious diseases like measles, cancers caused by HPV, and whooping cough.
- Vaccines provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially serious, even life-threatening diseases.
- Preteens and teens need four vaccines to protect against serious diseases: meningococcal conjugate vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections; HPV vaccine to protect against cancers caused by HPV; Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough; and a yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu.
- You have the power to protect yourself against serious diseases like shingles, pneumonia, and flu.
- Vaccines aren’t just for kids. Adults may need vaccines to protect against whooping cough, the flu, types of pneumonia, and shingles.
- If you have diabetes, some illnesses like flu can make it harder to control your blood sugar (glucose). Make sure you’re up to date on your vaccines.
- Ask your doctor about the vaccines you need to be protected against serious diseases.