August marks the National Immunization Awareness Month (NAIM), and we want to focus on the importance of immunizations throughout the entirety of your life – they aren’t just for kids!
Many of us know about vaccines that are recommended for infants, such as MMR for measles, but there are many more. For instance, infants often receive vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, Diphtheria and Tetanus, and even the Varicella vaccine, which protects against chickenpox. The full list of CDC (Center for Disease Control) Recommended vaccines can be found at this site.
While most have heard about these immunizations for younger kids, it is important to continue on the recommended schedule all the way through high school as well. The CDC has another list and schedule for the vaccinations your children should have through high school. As kids spend much of each year in school and close proximity with other children, it is crucial to be vaccinated from diseases that are easily spread in those environments.
Vaccines don’t stop with school – Adults also are encouraged to get their doses of appropriate immunizations. The most common one, recommended yearly, is the Flu Vaccine. There are even more vaccines suggested by the CDC, with easy to read charts for adults.
Immunizations are a medical discovery that has significantly decreased the number of cases of many diseases, and are important to one’s health throughout their life. If you thought that you only needed them as a child, then we highly recommend you talk to your healthcare provider about which, if any, you may be due for.