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August 8, 2019

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month! Is Your Family Up to Date on Vaccines?

by Phil Rooney, Douglas County Health Department

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, measles, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia with vaccines.

Vaccine preventable diseases are still a threat in the United States and some that were once eliminated are now returning. Vaccine preventable diseases include: Chickenpox, Diphtheria, Influenza, Hepatitis A and B, Hib (Haemophilus influenzae type b), HPV (Human Papillomavirus), Measles, Meningococcal, Mumps, Pneumococcal, Polio, Rotavirus, Rubella (German Measles), Tetanus (Lockjaw), and Whooping Cough (Pertussis). Vaccines are the best protection because they provide immunity before children are exposed to potentially serious, even life-threatening diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers easy to read recommended vaccine schedules for children through 18 years of age and adults. You can access the schedules at through the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/parents-adults/index.html. The Douglas County Health Department encourages you talk to your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional to ensure your family is up to date on recommended vaccines.  Immunization services are provided free of charge through The Douglas County Health Department to individuals who are Native American/Alaskan Native, Medicaid eligible, uninsured and those whose insurance does not cover vaccines.

 

So, as your children head back to school this fall, make sure immunizations are at the top of your to-do list. For more information, or to schedule an appointment for vaccines at the Douglas County Health Department, please call (402) 444-6163.

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