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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

on August 18, 2017 - 7:24am
National Immunization Awareness Month highlights the importance of vaccinations for all ages.  Courtesy image ​
 
HEALTH News:
 
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
 
NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.Getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the  most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health.
 
Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.
 
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools and colleges are prone to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs, and other factors such as interacting in crowded environments.
When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their play groups, child care centers, classrooms and communities– including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.
 
Additionally, states may require children who are entering child care or school to bevaccinated against certain diseases. Colleges and universities may have their own requirements, especially for students living in residence halls.
 
Parents should check with their child’s doctor, school or the local health department to learn about the requirements in their state or county.

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