These days EVERYONE is talking vaccines.

And while the COVID-19 vaccination is top of mind, it’s important we take time this month to remember the importance of all life-saving vaccines.

Vaccinations have made a huge impact in our lives. They prevent serious life-threatening diseases like polio, smallpox, hepatitis, and Covid-19. Illnesses that spread quickly and devastated entire communities before vaccines were created.

Staying up-to-date on vaccinations is the easiest way to help prevent the spread of disease and maintain good health!

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual event held in August to help promote awareness about the importance of vaccines for people of all ages.

Did you know that adults need vaccines too?

You might be aware that children regularly receive vaccines as part of their general healthcare routine. But did you know that adults should get vaccinated too?

According to the CDC,

“Even if you received the vaccines you needed as a child, the protection from some vaccines can wear off. You may also be at risk for other diseases due to your job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions.”

You can find out which vaccines you may need here. And you should talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about any questions or concerns you have.

The CDC also has a great interactive tool for helping you decide which vaccines you may need.

Protect yourself and your family

“Every year, thousands of adults in the United States become seriously ill and are hospitalized because of diseases that vaccines can help prevent. Many adults even die from these diseases. By getting vaccinated, you can help protect yourself and your family from serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.”

We all want to protect the ones we love. It’s in our wiring. But many of us don’t think about how important it is to protect ourselves as well. And, more often than not, it’s the best way to protect our loved ones as well.

Getting vaccinated is a great way to do both! And, when enough of us are vaccinated, we protect our communities as well.

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