August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Over 10 million cases of infectious illness are prevented every year in the United States due to childhood vaccinations. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides defined, recommended guidelines for you to get immunized throughout your life. You may have received the vaccines you needed as a child, however the protection from some vaccines can wear off. New vaccines can also become available depending
on your age.
A recently published study in The Journal of Primary Prevention showed that the United States spends nearly $27 billion every year to treat four vaccine-preventable
diseases – influenza (flu), pneumococcal disease, shingles and pertussis – in adults over age 50. Building your immunity with vaccines is one of the best ways for you to get protection against potentially harmful diseases. Getting vaccinated
also helps you to prevent spreading disease to the people around you, like your family, friends and co-workers.
We suggest downloading our preventive care checklists below to find out which vaccines are recommended for you. For detailed resources
about immunizations, the CDC provides easy-to-read immunization schedules, vaccine recommendations for travelers and much more.