August is National Immunization Awareness Month. It is meant to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages.
Here are some reasons why vaccines are important:
- Protection from preventable diseases.
- Protection from serious illness and complication of vaccine-preventable diseases.
- These include loss of hearing or sight, amputation or paralysis of limbs, brain damage and even death.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases such as whooping cough, mumps and measles are still a threat.
- They continue to infect children and adults, annually, leading to hospitalizations and deaths.
- Infectious diseases that are rare in the U.S. due to vaccination can be common in other counties.
- Interaction with international travelers or traveling abroad can make you and your family vulnerable to these diseases.
- Outbreaks of preventable diseases happen in areas where people are not vaccinated.
- Vaccines undergo a long and careful review by scientists, doctors, and the federal government to ensure their safety and effectiveness.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly support protection from preventable diseases through vaccination.
- Especially for children.
- Vaccines protect you but also your loved ones.
People who are not vaccinated can spread disease to children who are too young to be vaccinated or people with weakened immune systems like transplant recipients or cancer patients, leading to long-term complication or even death for them. Everyone should have the social awareness and commitment to public health to protect each other through vaccination.