August is National Immunization Awareness Month

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Provided by Prince William County Office of Communication

August is National Immunization Awareness Month to make people of all ages aware that they might need to get up to date on their vaccines.

It is not only children who need vaccines. Adults also need to get the occasional shot to keep from getting and spreading diseases that could result in missed work, poor health, expensive medical bills and preventing people from caring for their families.

All adults need to get a seasonal flu shot, according to cdc.gov/vaccines. Flu shots are critical for pregnant women, people with chronic conditions and older adults.

All adults should get the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or Tdap vaccination if they didn’t get the vaccine as an adolescent. Tdap protects against pertussis, or whooping cough. Adults from 19 to 26, if not already vaccinated, should get HPV vaccines protect against the papillomaviruses that can cause anal, cervical and other cancers.

Healthy adults, 50 and older, should consider a shingles vaccination which prevents the disease and complications from the disease. The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine protects against meningitis and bloodstream infections.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about vaccines for adults with health conditions such as asplenia, diabetes type 1 and type 2, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, HIV infection, asthma or a weakened immune system.

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