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National Immunization Awareness Month

By Mirna Chamorro

August 17, 2018

SANFORD, Fla. - The Florida Department of Health in Seminole County (DOH-Seminole) recognizes August as National Immunization Awareness Month and celebrates the importance of immunizations for people of all ages. Keeping up-to-date with vaccinations is important for children to stay healthy from the womb to adulthood.

“National Immunization Awareness Month provides a valuable opportunity to highlight the important role immunizations play in protecting people of all ages from serious diseases,” said Donna Walsh, health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County.  "Vaccines have greatly reduced infectious diseases that once routinely harmed many infants, children, and adults."

Vaccination is a highly effective, easy way to keep the entire family healthy. When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for diseases and can also spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community, including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions. Vaccines are tested to ensure they are safe and effective for the recommended age group.

Each stage of a child’s life from infant through the teen years, have specific guidelines for the recommended vaccines. While parents are busy keeping up with their child’s vaccines, they should not forget about themselves. Yearly flu vaccines are recommended for everyone 6 months or older, not just preteens and teens, but for their parents too. Adults need a tetanus vaccine every ten years and healthy adults 50 years and older should get shingles vaccine. There are other recommended adult vaccines based on health conditions, job, lifestyle or travel habits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a new interactive guide during National Immunization Awareness Month. The digital tool helps families navigate information about recommended vaccines from birth through adulthood. Click through various stages of life to learn about vaccine-preventable diseases, like the flu, whooping cough, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) cancers, and the recommended timing for key immunizations. Help raise awareness of vaccine-preventable diseases and encourage everyone to follow the recommended immunization schedule. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/growing/ to learn more.

To find additional immunization resources visit www.seminolecohealth.com.

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