National Immunization Awareness Month

By August 6, 2014Archives

Every August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) gives the public at large an opportunity to understand the value of immunizations. NAIM also uses this month to educate and encourage people of all ages. To stay protected against dangerous organisms like the flu, measles, or tuberculosis, seniors need to keep up to date on their shots.

Vaccines Defined
Plenty of people assume an immunization schedule is exclusively for children. Unfortunately, those people are wrong; vaccinations are needed throughout the duration of life.

Injectable vaccinations contain dead or weakened disease-causing microorganisms. After receiving a vaccine, the body’s immune system produces antibodies that play a pivotal role in the fight against dangerous microorganisms. In the end, exposure the vaccination makes patients immune to specific diseases.

For older adults, catching up on recommended vaccination formulas may require a series of injections over a period of time. Seniors and their caregivers should speak with the family physician to learn which vaccines are vital and which ones are optional or suggested.

Vaccines recommended for older adults can prevent:

  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Diphtheria/Tetanus
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Pneumococcal (Pneumonia)

Vaccines and Success Rates
National Immunization Awareness Month is a great time to remind family, friends, and coworkers they should stay up to date on their shots. Despite the fact that immunizations have significantly reduced the incidence of many infectious diseases, the success rates for preventing disease falls short of preferred vaccination rates. Researchers and medical experts generally agree that a handful of diseases still aren’t meeting national public health goals.

Tools for Seniors
Many seniors want to learn more about the needed vaccines suggested for their particular age group. Further insight into the vaccine schedule can be found by using the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Adult Immunization Scheduler tool. This tool allows seniors and their chosen family members to receive personalized vaccine recommendations based on your age, occupation, health status, and other factors.

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