August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Put Your Healthiest Foot Forward and Get Vaccinated!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month! Getting vaccinated is an easy way to stay healthy all year round. During the month of August, take the time to make sure that you and your loved ones have received all of the vaccinations you need. By making sure your vaccinations are up to date, you can help prevent harmful diseases from affecting you and your family.

People of all ages need vaccines

Getting vaccinated is important for people of all ages. Here’s some information about vaccines that people need throughout their lives:

  • Parents can protect infants More >

Immunizations

Why Are Vaccinations Important?

Measles, mumps, and whooping cough may seem like quaint old illnesses confined to 19th century novels. But more and more teens are being exposed to them, especially in schools and on college campuses where large numbers of people are together in close quarters.

Diseases like measles, which were on their way out in the United States, are making a comeback as they are brought in from other countries by travelers. These diseases wouldn’t spread as quickly — or be as serious — if people were immunized against them. But many teens aren’t.

 

It’s not your fault if you don’t More >

Protecting Children from the Sun

Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Kids don’t have to be at the pool, beach, or on vacation to get too much sun. Their skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays whenever they’re outdoors.

  • Seek shade. UV rays are strongest and most harmful during midday, so it’s best to plan indoor activities then. If this is not possible, seek shade under a tree, an umbrella, or a pop-up tent. Use these options to prevent sunburn, not to seek relief after it’s happened.
  • Cover up. Clothing that covers your child’s skin helps More >