National Immunization Awareness Month

Join the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) and communities around the nation in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month! This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, and it raises awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

Vaccine-preventable diseases may seem like threats from the past. However, the U.S. is seeing the return of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, whooping cough, and mumps, which had once been considered eliminated. "Individuals who do not receive the recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness. Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect yourself and others in the community from infectious diseases," says Jackie Anderson, Immunization Coordinator for the health department. Vaccination is the best defense again these serious diseases, and it's important to make sure you and your family are up to date and follow the recommended schedule.

August is a good time to make sure you and your family are up to date on vaccinations, as summer winds down and children head back to school. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to stay healthy all year round.

Talk to your doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for you and your family. To find out what vaccines you may need, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Quizzes at www2a.cdc.gov/nip/adultimmsched/ for adults or www2a.cdc.gov/vaccines/childquiz/ for children. To make a vaccination appointment at BEDHD, call (517) 541-2630 in Eaton County and (269) 798-4133 in Barry County.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on August 1st 2017.