August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we will highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages. This week's blog focuses on the importance of vaccines for adults.
Children are not the only ones who need vaccines, adults need them too! Healthy adults can get very sick if they are not fully vaccinated! Making sure you are up to date with your vaccines will not only protect you from disease but will also help protect your friends and family.
One vaccine that is important for adults to get every year is the flu vaccine. Everyone, including adults, should get the flu vaccine every year to protect themselves from influenza (flu). The flu is a contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. The flu can be dangerous, especially for the very young, the very old and for those with other medical problems. Most people have illness lasting a few days; however, some may develop pneumonia or other serious complications. Every year, flu causes tens of thousands of hospital admissions in the United States. Sometimes it even leads to deaths. Make sure to get the flu vaccine this year, and keep yourself and those around you healthy.
Vaccines are important throughout life to stay healthy. Talk to your healthcare provider to make sure your vaccinations are up to date.
To learn more about vaccines, visit http://www.bphc.org/idb.