Awareness Update: August

We will be re-blogging Students for Health (SFH)’s monthly awareness campaigns. Each month they feature a new health-related campaign. Here is their featured August campaign…

Source: http://studentsforhealth.org/2012/08/07/august-national-immunization-awareness-month-2-2/

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

“Want an easy way to remind your family and friends? Send this handy e-card, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control.

Vaccines are responsible for the control of many infectious diseases that were once common in this country. Vaccines have reduced and, in some cases, eliminated many diseases that once routinely killed or harmed tens of thousands of infants, children and adults.

Below are links to age specific campaign materials:

National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time to promote immunizations and remind family, friends, and coworkers to get caught up on their shots.  Immunizations (or vaccinations) aren’t just for babies and young kids.  We all need shots to help protect us from serious diseases and illness. Everyone age 6 months and older can get a seasonal flu shot every year.  Here are some other shots people need at different ages:

Young children:  Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio, chicken pox, and hepatitis.

Pre-teens and teens:  Pre-teens need shots at age 11 or 12 to help protect them from tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, and HPV (human papillomavirus).  Teens need a booster shot at age 16 to help protect them from meningitis.

Adults:  All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to protect against tetanus and diphtheria.  People age 65 or older need a one-time pneumonia shot.

Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.  We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our local community safe, SFH is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.

Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella.  But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases.  It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Talk to your doctor or nurse to find out which immunizations you need.”

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