The critical importance of immunizations is not only the subject of headlines, nationwide, but it is also the driving force behind National Immunization Awareness Month, observed every August.
This year’s theme, “Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccines,” urges American families to stay current with all recommended vaccines throughout their lives.
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, approximately 50,000 adults die in America each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Immunization is fast, virtually painless, and – in most cases – covered 100% by insurance (and far less costly than hospitalization).
Here are just four ways you, your friends, and your family can support National Immunization Awareness Month while making yourself – and your community –stronger and healthier as a result.
- Get your COVID-19 vaccine! Individuals who have yet to be vaccinated for COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to do so, as numbers have dropped sharply nationwide, and the Delta variant continues to spread.
- Get the kids ready for back-to-school! After more than a year of virtual learning, many schools nationwide are opening to students and staff in the coming weeks. Routine immunizations can help to make sure they are protected from preventable diseases, such as chickenpox, hepatitis, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and so much more. Unsure of what vaccinations your child needs? The CDC’s recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents ages 18 years and younger are easily accessed online.
- Protect yourself! Adults require periodic vaccinations, too, as immunity from childhood vaccines has been shown to dissipate over time. All adults should receive annual influenza vaccination, as well as tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis – or Tdap – booster shot every 10 years. Additionally, pregnant women should receive the Tdap vaccine with each pregnancy somewhere between their 27th and 36th Be sure to consult with your physician before vaccination, particularly if you have health concerns or have ever had an allergic reaction to immunization. Some adults with certain conditions should not receive certain vaccines.
- Continue receiving routine healthcare services. Quality First Urgent Care offers comprehensive, compassionate service at our Burtonsville and Clarksville urgent care clinics. We cover a wide range of medical needs, including routine physicals and vaccinations, and will help you develop a lasting wellness plan for yourself and your family.