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National Immunization Awareness Month
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National Immunization Awareness Month

Due to Covid-19, not only were our everyday lives at work and school disrupted but it also affected our routine wellness visits. As a result, too many people, especially children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines. It was shown that there was a 14% drop in 2020-2021 for vaccine ordering data compared to2019 and the measles vaccine is down more than 20%.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and this month raises awareness while trying to encourage everyone to make sure they are up-to-date on their necessary vaccinations for potentially harmful diseases. Now more than ever this is important since we have multiple global viruses going around that can be very harmful to the public. We are still in the midst of a global pandemic with Covid-19, Monkeypox was just declared a global emergency from the World Health Organization, and a case of Polio was discovered in New York City in recent weeks.

So many diseases can be easily prevented by individuals going to get a vaccine and this can protect anyone from these unseen viruses. Vaccines protect the public from dangerous preventable disease like the Flu, Chickenpox, Measles, Polio,Covid-19, Monkeypox, and much more. Vaccines help protect us and our community members from getting not only diseases, but help prevent spreading disease to those that are not/ cannot be vaccinated.

Immunization is for children and adults. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear down over time. Adults can be at risk to disease due to a variety of factors: age, lifestyle, travel, job, or health conditions. Everyone should take the necessary precautions and contact their primary care provider and find out if they are caught up on their vaccinations. All of us have a public health duty to protect ourselves and everyone else around us from potential health risks if we physically can do so. Getting vaccinated can kill off diseases before they even have a change to replicate and spread throughout the population.   

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/index.html