August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. Vaccines offer you the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases, like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia.
During NIAM, Lake County Public Health encourages you talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure you, your child, and your family are up to date on recommended vaccines. We also encourage you to visit CDC’s Interactive Vaccine Guide, which provides information on the vaccines recommended during pregnancy and throughout your child’s life.
Vaccines are among the most effective ways to protect against serious diseases. Many vaccine-preventable diseases are no longer common thanks to vaccines, which are tested to ensure they are safe and effective for children to receive at the recommended ages.
As your children head back to school this fall, make sure vaccination is at the top of your checklist. August is a key time to make sure you are up to date on all the vaccines you need to stay healthy and complaint with school requirements.
The Tdap and flu vaccines are very safe to receive during pregnancy, and help prevent harm to you and your developing baby. A 2018 study showed that getting a flu shot reduced a pregnant woman’s risk of being hospitalized with flu by an average of 40%, and a 2017 CDC evaluation found Tdap vaccination during the third trimester of pregnancy prevents more than 3 in 4 cases of whooping cough in babies younger than 2 months old.
Vaccines are tested to ensure that they are safe and effective to receive during pregnancy.
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 are up to date on your vaccines.
Use CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines may be right for you. Ask your doctor about the vaccines you need to be protected against serious diseases.
Protect yourself, your family, and your community- Vaccinate!