Make Sure Vaccinations Are Up to Date

Aug 01, 2018

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 wants to encourage everyone to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for their age group and each member of their family. Use this month to learn 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 parents 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.

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 visits with health care 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).

Vaccination is important because it protects the person receiving the vaccine and helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems). Visit www.cdc.org for more information about recommended immunization schedules for adults and children.

The Long Beach Island Health Department has several vaccinations available for children and adults. Call a public health nurse at 609-492-1212. Visit the department at lbihealth.com or on Facebook.

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