August is National Immunization Awareness Month. This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your children against vaccine-preventable diseases.
If you haven’t seen your Konza healthcare provider in a while, it’s time to catch up and stay up-to-date on all recommended vaccines.
Are you Pregnant? Vaccines Protect You and Your Baby
If you are pregnant, you have the power to protect yourself and your baby during each pregnancy from serious diseases like whooping cough and flu. Getting vaccinated during your pregnancy can help protect your baby after birth by passing on antibodies. These antibodies can give your baby protection from flu and whooping cough until it is time for their own vaccines.
Routine Vaccines Give Children and Teens a Healthy Start
Parents, you have the power to protect your children against serious diseases like measles, cancers caused by HPV, and whooping cough. It’s particularly important for you to work with your child’s medical provider to make sure they get caught up on missed well-child visits and recommended vaccines.
The immunization schedule is designed to provide immunity (protection) early in life, before children are likely to be exposed to serious, potentially life-threatening diseases. Some vaccines require more than one dose to provide your child with the best protection. Each recommended dose is important.
View CDC’s parent-friendly immunization schedule to see which vaccines your children need from birth through age 18.
Did you know? Preteens and teens need four types of vaccines to help protect against serious diseases:
- Meningococcal vaccine to protect against meningitis and bloodstream infections
- HPV vaccine to protect against cancers cause by HPV
- Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough
- Yearly flu vaccine to protect against seasonal flu
Routine Vaccines Aren’t Just for Kids
All adults need immunizations to help prevent getting and spreading serious diseases that could result in poor health, missed work, medical bills, and not being able to care for family. You have the power to protect yourself against diseases like shingles, whooping cough, pneumonia, and flu. It is especially important for patients with certain health conditions to be up to date on recommended vaccinations since they are at increased risk for complications from certain vaccine-preventable diseases.
Check the CDC’s adult vaccine assessment tool to see which vaccines might be right for you. Your Konza healthcare provider will recommend vaccines you may need for your age, health conditions, job, or lifestyle.
COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters
It is still a critical time for all who are eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccines and boosters are the best way to stay safe from severe COVID illness. Make sure everyone in your family is up-to-date on their protection. Click here for the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines at Konza.
To learn more about COVID-19 vaccination, check out the following CDC resource: