National Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month is an annual observance held in August, to highlight the importance of vaccinations for people of all ages.5 There is a concern that immunizations have decreased in recent months due to the pandemic.²
When you receive immunizations, your probability of becoming ill from diseases is significantly lower. Furthermore, if you become unwell, you will likely undergo a lighter case than if you were not vaccinated. Immunizations reduce your chance of complications from infectious diseases, such as seasonal flu and shingles. They can also diminish your risk of a hospital stay. This prevention is critical now, as hundreds of people are currently in the hospital for COVID-19.²
Are You Over The Age of 50 or Have a Weakened Immune System?
- The shingles vaccines (two, 2-6 months apart) if you are 50 or older.³
- The pneumonia vaccine if you are over 65.¹
- Two vaccines that help prevent Streptococcus pneumoniae infections. It is recommended that adults over age 65 first receive the PCV13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine, which goes by the brand name Prevnar 13), followed by the PPSV23 (Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, which goes by the brand name Pneumovax 23) one year later.4
- The seasonal flu vaccine (for all ages)
Adults with a weakened immune system or other chronic health conditions may need to be vaccinated against pneumococcus earlier than age 65, so check with your doctor to see what recommendation is best for you.4
¹ Anne Arundel County Maryland Department of Health. (2018, December 6). Immunize for Life. https://www.aasalud.org/pdf/immunize-for-life.pdf.
² Arkansas House of Representatives. (2020, August 7). August is Immunization Awareness Month. https://www.arkansashouse.org/news/post/8003/august-is-immunization-awareness-month.
³ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, January 25). Shingrix shingles Vaccination: What everyone should know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html.
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, August 7). Recommendations for Adults with No Previous Pneumococcal Vaccinations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/pneumo/hcp/PCV13-adults.html.
5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, July 30). National immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/index.html.
If you are homebound, Signature can provide most of these vaccines on a doctor’s order. Contact Signature 24/7 at 1.800.277.8291 for more information.
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