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While flu spreads every year, the timing, severity, and length of the season varies from one year to another.
The goal of NIAM is to increase awareness about immunizations across the lifespan, from infants to the elderly. August is an ideal time to make sure everyone is up-to-date on vaccines.
Preteens and teens are at greater risk for certain vaccine-preventable diseases, like meningitis and the cancers caused by HPV infection. Making sure vaccines are up-to-date helps keep middle schoolers, high schoolers and those entering college or the workforce healthy.
It is best if women are up-to-date on their vaccines before becoming pregnant, and should receive both a flu vaccine and a whooping cough vaccine during pregnancy. These vaccines protect the mother by preventing illness and complications, and also pass on protection to the baby.
All adults, regardless of age, should stay up-to-date on recommended vaccines. Those living with chronic conditions, older adults and those planning to travel abroad may have special vaccination needs and should speak with their healthcare providers, like doctors or pharmacists, about it.
Vaccinating children according to the recommended schedule is one of the best ways to protect them from harmful and potentially deadly diseases, like measles and whooping cough. More so, vaccines help to protect both the child who is administered the vaccine and the communities in which s/he interacts.
Before you travel internationally, ensure that you are up to date on all your routine vaccines, as well as travel vaccines.
Immunization is one of the best ways parents can protect their infants from 14 serious childhood diseases before age 2. Vaccinate your child according to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule for safe, proven disease protection.
Vaccines to prevent disease are continuously monitored and have an excellent safety profile. Learn more about the systems to ensure vaccines are safe and effective.
Make sure your child gets all doses of Hib vaccine for best protection against Hib disease.
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