Blog 8/8/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations (also called shots or vaccines) help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. Immunization isn’t just for kids – to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and pneumonia, adults need to get vaccinated, too.

What’s Important to Know?

It is important to keep up with your screening tests and immunizations to prevent certain kinds of illness. Recommendations for preventive services depend on your age, sex, health status, and family history—every person is different. Vaccines protect against serious diseases. These diseases still exist, and outbreaks do still occur. Vaccines are recommended throughout our lives (booster vaccines).


FACT: Vaccines have eradicated smallpox, eliminated wild poliovirus in the United States and significantly reduced the number of cases of measles and other diseases.

FACT: Immunization is one of the most effective ways to protect children and adults against many common infectious diseases.

FACT: Vaccines are safe, and scientists continually work to make sure they become even safer.

FACT: Vaccines are available for these preventable diseases:

  • Meningococcal
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis A
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Tetanus (Lockjaw)
  • Tuberculosis
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Influenza (Seasonal Flu)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox)
  • Measles
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Pneumococcal
  • Poliomyelitis (Polio)
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

FACT: Each year, on average, more than 36,000 people die from seasonal flu complications: 90 percent of these deaths are in persons 65 years of age and older.

FACT: Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease accounts for nearly 40,000 cases of bacteremia (bloodstream infection), and several thousand cases of

meningitis (inflammation of the tissues and fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord).

FACT: Without immunizations, your child is at greater risk of catching one of the vaccine-preventable diseases.

FACT: There are 10 routine childhood vaccines that protect children from the 14 vaccine-preventable diseases:

  • DTaP: Protects against Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis
  • MMR: Protects against Measles, Mumps & Rubella
  • HepA: Protects against Hepatitis A
  • HepB: Protects against Hepatitis B
  • Hib: Protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Flu: Protects against Influenza
  • PCV13: Protects against Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio: Protects against Polio
  • RV: Protects against Rotavirus
  • Varicella: Protects against Chickenpox

Talk with your health care team about the recommendations for screening tests and immunizations that are right for you.

More Information About Vaccines

Visit this website to get in-depth information about vaccine topics.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) develops the vaccine schedules, monitors and responds to disease outbreaks, and does vaccine safety research.


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