National Immunization Awareness Month
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Immunizations are one of the greatest public health accomplishments of the 20th century.
Whether you have a baby starting at a new childcare facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle, or high school – or even a college freshman – you should check your child’s vaccination records. And, make sure your whole family gets a flu shot annually. (If you and your family are covered by a Hertz medical plan, flu shots are considered preventive care, so you won’t pay a penny.)
Child care facilities, preschool programs, schools, and colleges are prone to disease outbreaks. Children in these settings can easily spread illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, not covering their coughs and sneezes, and other factors related to interacting in crowded environments. Learn more about vaccines for your child(ren) here.
And, vaccinations aren’t just for kids:
- Adults may need vaccines (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and HPV) depending on their age, occupation, travel, medical conditions, vaccinations they have already received, or other considerations.
- Adults 50 years and older are recommended to receive the shingles vaccine.
- Adults 65 and older are recommended to receive both pneumococcal vaccines.
- Some adults younger than 65 years with certain conditions are also recommended to receive one or more pneumococcal vaccinations.
More information is available here about adult vaccinations.