National Immunization Awareness Month Is Here

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Immunization is one of the more popular health and wellness topics lately. Current events like measles outbreaks in public parks have led to heightened controversy over the issue of immunizing versus not immunizing, particularly children. Such outbreaks seem to make their own argument for the benefits of immunizing. Since it’s National Immunization Awareness Month, here are some points to consider.

Disease Prevention

Vaccination is a proven method for preventing disease and the spread of sickness. Staying up to date on shots is one of the most effective ways to keep family members and friends safe and protected from diseases out there. Immunizations do not cause sickness. If someone gets the flu soon after being vaccinated, it is most likely that they developed a rare strain of the flu that was not yet accounted for in the most recent flu vaccination. That is why it is important to get the flu vaccination every year. It changes and needs updating.

Babies and Children

It is especially important for babies and children to receive vaccinations against illness. Their immune systems are still developing and require an extra layer of protection. Doctors recommend vaccination in nearly all cases, except in rare cases of medical necessity. Families with babies and children should consult pediatricians about when and how to vaccinate babies. Even babies younger than 12 months can and should receive the flu vaccination. Some vaccinations are not appropriate until later, so again, parents and families should speak to their doctors.

For those who are skeptical, they should be straightforward with their doctors when asking about the benefits of vaccinating versus not. It is appropriate to ask for studies, statistics, and other health information.


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Adults

Vaccination is equally important for teens, adults, and especially pregnant women. Vaccinations are customized toward each demographic and their specific needs. When people are not sure whether their vaccinations are up to date, it’s time to see the doctor. Everyone should keep track of their immunization records. It is just as important for a person’s individual health as it is for everyone who comes in contact with that person.

Raising Awareness

There are many things people can do to increase awareness about the importance and the benefits of vaccination. It is easy to spread the word by simply talking to family members, friends, and neighbors about the facts. People in the community who write newsletters or participate in other groups, such as religious or community events, can publish immunization information and distribute it to the community that way.

There are also plenty of ways to spread awareness online, through social media and sharing of posts and facts through tweeting, pinning, and more. A great wealth of information is free and it is easy for anyone to share. Immunization is an essential factor in the health and wellness of every member of the community and the nation, and it is everyone’s responsibility to be informed and current in their vaccinations.

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