August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The Allegany County Department of Health is asking the public to make sure they and their family is up-to-date on vaccines this month. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to protect your health. During the month of August, take the time to make sure that you and your loved ones have received all of the vaccinations you need. By making sure your vaccinations are up to date, you can help prevent harmful diseases from affecting you and your family.
Here’s what you should know:
People of all ages need vaccines:
- Parents can protect children from 14 serious childhood diseases by age 2.
- Teens and pre-teens need vaccines too: teens should be protected against HPV, meningitis, and more.
- Adults and seniors should check their immunization records to make sure they’re up to date on all vaccines.
- Adults should be protected against shingles, flu, pneumonia & more.
Vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B are available:
- All children at age 1 should be vaccinated for hepatitis A
- All infants should be vaccinated for hepatitis B at birth
- If you haven’t been vaccinated, please contact your doctor or Allegany County Department of Health for more information
Flu Vaccine time is just around the corner:
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine, every season
- It can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization, including among children and older adults
- Flu vaccination is an important preventive tool for people with chronic health conditions
- Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick
- Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu illness, like babies and young children, older people, and people with certain chronic health conditions.
Vaccines protect your health. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about recommended vaccinations.
Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s(CDC) Immunization Schedules for more information.
Please visit the Allegany County Family Planning Clinic or call at (585)-268-9250 with any questions or to make an appointment.