In honor of August being National Immunization Awareness Month, the National Public Health Coalition (NPHIC) is partnering with The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. This month, we take the time to remember that immunizations are for everyone, from infant to elderly. Some immunizations are yearly like a flu shot, while others are more spaced out. 

One major benefit of immunizations is how it can destroy disease. The serious, sometimes deadly, side effects of having the diseases have also been eliminated by being vaccinated. According to the CDC, many disease in the past have been destroyed due to people being properly protected through being immunized. Serious health consequences can arise in child and adults not properly protected. We run the risk of developing the disease ourselves, then spreading to others who also have not been vaccinated. People particularly at risk for contracting disease are those too young to immunize, the elderly, or those with a weakened immune system.

Furthermore, the CDC, along with other organizations, recommend immunizations based on age, travel, and health concerns. Please discuss with your doctor if your immunizations are up-to-date, and the importance of having them.

If you are interested in learning more about immunizations, feel free to reach out to Carla Erickson, WPP Nurse Practitioner, at npcerickson@westfieldpremierphysicians.com

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