National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
It's 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.
Children under age 6 get a series of shots to protect against measles, polio,chicken pox, and hepatitis.
- All 11- and 12-year-olds need shots to help protect against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, and meningitis.
- Doctors recommend girls also get the HPV vaccine to protect against the most common cause of cervical cancer.
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- All adults need a tetanus shot every 10 years.
- Adults age 50 and older need a flu shot every year.
- People age 65 need a one-time pneumonia shot.
- Talk to your doctor or nurse about which shots you and your family need.