Vaccines are a safe and proven way to protect yourself and your children from several serious diseases. You can provide the best protection for your children by following the recommended immunization schedule and making sure they get the vaccines they need, when they need them.
Diseases can spread quickly among groups of children who are not vaccinated. If a child falls behind the recommended immunization schedule, vaccines can still be given to “catch-up”. You can find out more about the recommended schedule of immunizations by age at cdc.gov/vaccines/parents.
National Immunization Awareness Month is the perfect time for adults to make sure they are protected against diseases like flu, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, shingles, and pneumococcal disease. All adults should get an annual flu vaccine in September or October to protect against seasonal flu. Adults should also get the Td or Tdap vaccine to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Some additional vaccines you may need depending on your age or other factors include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Meningococcal, Pneumococcal, and Shingles.
Not only can vaccine-preventable diseases make you very sick, but if you get sick, you may risk spreading disease to others. That’s a risk most of us do not want to take. Infants, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems (like those undergoing cancer treatment) are especially vulnerable to infectious diseases. They are also more likely to have severe illness and complications if they do get sick. You can help protect your health and the health of your loved ones by getting your recommended vaccines. There are many things we want to pass on to our loved ones – illness is not one of them.
The good news is that getting vaccinated is easier than you think. Call your doctor, health clinic, pharmacy, or health department for more information on how to get vaccinated.
Madison County Health Department will be holding Immunization Clinics in September by appointment-only. The clinics will be held at 138 North Street, Building 5, in Wampsville from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm on:
September 11 (Friday)
September 15 (Tuesday)
September 18 (Friday)
September 22 (Tuesday)
September 25 (Friday)
September 29 (Tuesday)
Appointments are limited, so schedule your appointment today by calling the Health Department at 315-366-2848. Face coverings are required to enter the building. For more information, Click Here.