August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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A Healthy Start Begins with On-Time Vaccinations

Immunizations give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from 14 serious and potentially deadly diseases before age 2.

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives—and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need— Myrtue Medical Center’s Department of Public Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The first week of the month focuses on babies and young children and emphasized a healthy start for little ones beginning with on-time vaccinations.

“Children who don’t receive recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness and of having a severe case,” said Lori Hoch, Public Health Director. “Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect your child and others in the community from infectious disease. Talk to your doctor or other health care professionals to make sure your child is up-to-date on all the vaccines he or she needs.”

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious diseases, including polio, measles, whooping cough, mumps and chicken pox. There are many important reasons to make sure your child is vaccinated:

  • Immunizations can protect your child form 14 serious diseased by age 2.
  • Vaccination is very safe and effective.
  • Immunizations can protect others you care about and the community as a whole.
  • Immunizations can save your family time and money.
  • Immunizations protect future generations by reducing prevalence of serious diseases.

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk and can spread diseases to others in their family and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents or MMC’s Department of Public Health at 712.755.4422.