National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is observed every year during the month of August, “to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.” This health awareness campaign is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Even though most schools require vaccines, and back to school shots might be what comes to mind right now, health officials would like the public to be aware that vaccines are not just for kids. Adults also require vaccines against potentially life-threatening illnesses such as the flu, pneumonia and measles, which has seen recent outbreaks across America due to vaccine fears.
According to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), the top ten reasons to get vaccinated are:
- Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away.
- Vaccines will help keep you healthy.
- Vaccines are as important to your overall health as diet and exercise.
- Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death.
- Vaccines are safe and effective.
- Vaccines won’t give you the disease they are designed to prevent.
- Young and healthy people can get very sick too.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases are expensive.
- When you get sick, your children, grandchildren, and parents are at risk too.
- Your family and coworkers need you.
To schedule an appointment for your immunizations and annual physical at any of our convenient Primary Medical Care Center community clinics, you may visit our website at www.primarymed.com, or call (305)751-1500 for our Miami-Dade clinic, or (954)289-0000 for our Broward clinic.