August is National Immunization Month. This annual observation provides an opportunity to raise awareness and highlights the importance of immunizations across a lifespan. Vaccines are an important step to protecting against serious and sometimes deadly diseases. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and pass certain illness on to others. Immunizations are not only important for children they are especially important for older adults and adults with chronic conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Because the elderly and sometimes frail population that healthcare facilities deal with it is important for staff to protect themselves, residents and patients by getting immunized with the flu vaccine every year.
Some other Adult vaccines recommended by the CDC besides the flu vaccine are:
- Hepatitis B (for patients and healthcare providers at high risk)
- Pneumococcal vaccine (pneumonia vaccine)
- Shingles vaccine
- Pertussis (Whopping cough)
Protect yourself and others by visiting your healthcare physician and getting your immunizations.