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August is National Immunization Month

Dandelion PhotoAs we enjoy the last days of summer, it’s also good to remember National Immunization Month! Did you even know we had such a thing?

August is a great time to review and update personal immunization records. It’s back-to-school time, so, if you’re a parent of school-aged children, you’ve likely already done this for your kids. If you aren’t sure about which immunizations your children should have, the CDC will help you with that  — right here.

You can go here to find specific recommendations for pre-teens.

Most of us make sure our children are immunized. But, adults need immunizations too. You could make immunization a family affair. Show your kids it’s important, by getting your own vaccination boosters when they get theirs. Why not check with your doctor and find out if you should update any immunizations for yourself? In fact, you can take this quiz on the CDC website and find out right now!

Remember special populations require additional attention with immunization. If you’re over 65, for instance, the CDC recommends getting the pneumonia vaccine. If you have certain health conditions which compromise your immune system, like kidney failure or chronic kidney disease (CKD) you may need more frequent dosing to achieve immunity. Your health care provider can give you all the information you need for your particular situation.

There was a time in history when viruses like chicken pox, whooping cough and influenza took the lives of many thousands of people each year. (Tens of millions in the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918.) We are fortunate to live in a time when many deadly diseases are preventable. So, regardless of our age or health status, let’s take advantage of August as National Immunization Month to stay healthy and happy by protecting our loved ones and ourselves by getting vaccinated!

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