Every August, the health community celebrates National Immunization Month. This period aims to showcase the importance of vaccinations and their role in preventing illness, long-term health issues, and even death. From adolescence to adulthood, vaccinations are always recommended since some can wear off over the years, while others may become available as you get older.
To further highlight the importance of vaccines, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) listed some of the top reasons to be vaccinated.
- Vaccine-preventable diseases haven’t gone away
- Illnesses from dangerous viruses and bacteria are still be passed on to those in frequent contact.
- Vaccines keep you healthy
- Vaccines are as important as diet and exercise, as they protect you throughout life from many infections.
- Vaccines can prevent death
- Approximately 55,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States.
- Vaccines won’t give you the disease
- Vaccines contain killed or weakened viruses designed to prevent you from catching the disease.
- Vaccine-preventable disease can be expensive
- Illnesses like the flu, or other diseases like hepatitis are not only expensive to treat, but may also keep you out of work for an extended period of time.
If you’re not up to date on all your vaccines, which ones should you consider? The NFID recommends the following:
- Hepatitis B*
*– available at R-Health practices
There are many preventable diseases that can severely impact your life. Vaccination could prevent you from their effects that could leave you permanently disabled, out of work for significant time, drive up your medical bills, and even spread to your family and friends. Protect yourself and those around you from vaccine-preventable diseases. Visit your doctor’s office to determine which vaccines you need on a schedule that is based on your health, immune status and lifestyle factors. Please talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions that are preventing you from getting vaccinated.