August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Immunizations represent one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century and August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month. The purpose of National Immunization Awareness Month is to celebrate the benefits of vaccination and highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.

Babies receive vaccinations that help protect them from 14 diseases by age 2. Following the recommended immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health. Vaccines give parents the safe, proven power to protect their children from serious diseases. Diseases can quickly spread among groups of children who aren’t vaccinated. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new child care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccination records.

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