August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Aug 07, 2017

National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. The Long Beach Island Health Department highlights its observance by encouraging everyone to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for their age group and each member of their family.

Furthermore, the department stresses that getting vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new childcare 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.

Adults need vaccinations also. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and pass diseases on to others. Everyone should have their vaccination needs assessed at their doctor’s office, pharmacy or other healthcare providers. Certain vaccines are recommended based on a person’s age, occupation or health conditions (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes or heart disease).

The Long Beach Island Health Department has several vaccinations available for children and adults. Call the department at 609-492-1212 for further information.

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