August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This observance is to increase awareness and the opportunity to remind the community of the importance of immunizations. August is the perfect time to remind family, friends, co-workers, and those in the community to catch up on their vaccinations from infants to the elderly. Parents are enrolling their children in school, students are entering college, and healthcare workers are preparing for the upcoming flu season.
Immunization is one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in the United States. Vaccines have reduced and in some cases eliminated many diseases that once killed or harmed thousands of babies, children and adults. But despite these efforts, tens of thousands of people in the U.S. still die today from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunization is one of the most effective ways to protect children and adults against many common infectious diseases. Keeping individuals healthier through immunizations results in lower financial costs for families, including time lost from school and work, as well as the expense of medical bills. Recommended vaccinations begin soon after birth and continue throughout life, and it’s important to get the right vaccines in the right doses at the right time. For further information, contact Kingfisher Regional Hospital or check these web addresses out ; vaccine information, www.vaccineplace.com; on travel information, www.travelersdiseases.com; and for immunizations FAQ, www.revolutionhealth.com.