August is Immunization Month
In the United States, vaccines have greatly reduced infectious diseases that once routinely harmed or killed many infants, children, and adults. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease still exist and can cause illness in people who are not protected by vaccines. Every year, tens of thousands of Americans still suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die from diseases that could be prevented by vaccines.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognize August as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan. During the month of August, we encourage you to protect your health and the health of your family by staying current on vaccinations as a first line of defense against vaccine preventable diseases. It is the perfect time of year to schedule vaccinations – children are being enrolled for school, teens need sports physicals, older students are headed to college, and adults and the health care community are preparing for flu season.
New Law Affects 7th and 12th Grade Students
Are you a parent of a student entering the 7th or 12th grade? If so, there is a new law in the state of Ohio requiring those students entering the 7th and 12th grades to receive a vaccination against meningitis.
Although rare, meningococcal disease most commonly affects adolescents and young adults. However when someone does have the disease, it spreads quickly. Vaccinating against meningitis can help prevent your child from getting this disease from classmates and other children. Additionally, 7th grade students are required to have a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine.
Vaccine recommendations for children, teens, and adults are updated on a yearly basis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on the latest research and evidence-based science on vaccine safety, effectiveness, and patterns of vaccine-preventable diseases. Find out which vaccines are right for you and your family. Be sure to check your child’s immunization record and schedule a visit to your physician, or call 225-4550 to schedule an appointment in the Immunization Clinic here at Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. Our Clinic carries all vaccinations you would need domestically, as well as most recommended international travel vaccines.