The answer is yes! Vaccines are not just for kids. They are recommended throughout our lives based on age, lifestyle, occupation, travel destinations, medical conditions and vaccines received in the past. Each year in August, the National Public Health Information Coalition sponsors National Immunization Awareness Month in the hopes of encouraging individuals to stay up to date on recommended vaccinations.
Facts About Vaccines
To highlight the importance of vaccines, here are some facts they want you to know:
Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death.
In the United States, vaccines have greatly reduced infectious diseases that once routinely killed or harmed many infants, children, and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease and death still exist and can be passed on to people who are not protected by vaccines.
Many vaccine-preventable diseases are still common in other parts of the world and outbreaks do occur. For example, measles is brought into the United States by unvaccinated travelers who are infected while in other countries.
Certain factors, such as health conditions, may put you at higher risk for getting some diseases or becoming more seriously ill if you were to get sick.
Vaccines are thoroughly tested before licensing and carefully monitored even after they are licensed to ensure they are safe. Side effects from vaccines are usually mild and temporary. Some people may have allergic reactions to certain vaccines, but serious and long-term side effects are rare.
What Vaccinations Do I Need?
Don’t know which vaccines are recommended for you based on your age or health conditions? Most people don’t, but taking this quick Vaccine Quiz online can help you find out. You can even print your customized results and bring them to your doctor to discuss at your next appointment. Or ask your doctor to assess your vaccination needs.
Remember, vaccinations aren’t just important for keeping you healthy. They help prevent the spread of certain diseases to others. This is especially important for protecting individuals who are the most vulnerable to experiencing complications, such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.
Immunization works best when we all share in the responsibility… when families, healthcare professionals, and public health officials work together to help protect the entire community.
Staying current with recommended preventive care services like vaccinations is easier with help from your CareSync™ team. Not yet a member? Click here to learn how you can be. Or, if you’re a Medicare patient with two or more chronic conditions, ask your doctor to prescribe CareSync for Chronic Care Management, a healthcare benefit Medicare wants you to have.