August is National Immunization Awareness Month

This August, Blue Hills is proud to promote National Immunization Awareness Month (or NIAM). This campaign was established to help promote the education and importance of vaccinations and to make sure all ages are up to date on their vaccinations. Each week of the month focuses on a different age group: school-age children, pregnant women, babies and young children, preteens and teens, and adults.

Vaccinations not only protect us from serious diseases but they also protect other through a phenomenon known as community immunity or herd immunity. It can also help protect those who are unable to vaccinate due to medical complications. Vaccinations are recommended throughout our lives and are very safe.

As the new school year approaches, parents are encouraged to make sure their children are up to date on their vaccinations. We recommend that you call our office for an appointment ahead of time as it can get very busy during this time period.

 

Quick Flu Facts for School-Age Children:

If you have more questions, the CDC is a great resource for anything and everything pertaining to vaccines!

The flu season is also fast approaching. Blue Hills will offer the flu vaccine to High Risk patients starting at the end of August. No appointment is needed but please call the office ahead to confirm.

 

Sources:

https://www.nphic.org/niam

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/

https://www.vaccines.gov/basics/work/protection/index.html

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