Immunization Awareness Month - August

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August is Immunization Awareness Month, and we want to make you aware of the importance of keeping up with your vaccinations.  By keeping up-to-date with your vaccinations you not only protect yourself and your loved ones, but the community and people around you as well.

Immunizations or vaccines are medical preparations given to people to help improve the body’s resistance to a specific disease or illness. Getting vaccinations will prevent outbreaks of many types of diseases and can also save lives.

Guidelines for getting vaccinated depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history.  Listed below are common illnesses that vaccines are available for.  

• Influenza
Hepatitis A
 Hepatitis B
Measles, mumps, rubella
 Tetanus, diphtheria
 Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Streptococcus pneumococcal pneumonia
 Pertussis (whooping cough)

Did you know:

• VA reaches over 80% of Veterans over 65 with the flu vaccine
• Vaccines are one of the safest medical interventions we have
• VA provides the pneumococcal vaccine to almost 95% of Veteran patients who should receive it
• People 6 months and older should receive a flu shot every year
• People age 65 or older need a one-time shot to help prevent pneumonia
• Once you get a vaccine it also protects others around you from getting that disease
• All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria
• Vaccines eliminated smallpox and polio in the U.S.
• Measles and other diseases have been significantly reduced in the U.S. because of Vaccines

By educating ourselves and taking the proper precautions you and your loved ones can stay healthy and avoid these common illnesses.   If you have any questions or concerns about getting vaccinated, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.

Below are resources that can help you and your family learn more about vaccines.

Resources – (click links below to open in new tab)

Immunization Schedules –CDC

Adult Immunization Schedule – MyhealthyVet

Vaccinations for Adults – Tip Sheet  – Immunization Action Coalition

Vaccines and Immunization – VA