National Immunization Awareness Month

     National Immunization Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. And it may come as a surprise, but immunizations are not just for kids — they are necessary throughout a person's lifetime. Sharp HealthCare has a wealth of valuable information and resources to help keep you up to date on your health and your vaccines.

 

Immunization Milestones

When Why Common Vaccines
Childhood

Children who are not vaccinated are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease into their classrooms and community — including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated.

Hepatitus B, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), chicken pox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and polio. Teens need MCV (meningococcal conjugate virus) and HPV (human papilloma virus). A yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all children 6 months and older.
College Immunity from childhood diseases may wear off over time, and you may also be at risk for other vaccine-preventable diseases in an environment with dorms and classrooms. Flu, whooping cough, HPV, and meningitis. Other vaccines will depend on your childhood vaccination history, travel plans and your personal health status.
Adulthood Many adults don't realize they still need protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. Immunization is especially important for older adults, and for those who have chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease — or those who come in close contact with people who have these conditions. Flu shot, Tdap to protect against pertussis (whooping cough), and a Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster every 10 years. Other vaccines may include shingles, pneumococcal, hepatitis and HPV depending on one's age, occupation, travel plans and health status.
Pregnancy Pregnancy is a time to make sure you have the vaccines you need to protect yourself and pass protection to your baby during the first few months of life. Flu shot, Tdap vaccine to protect you and your baby against pertussis (whooping cough).

Ask the Expert
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Immunization Tips
Learn information you may not have known about vaccines.

Immunization Resources
Further immunization information and services are available at Sharp.

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