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National Immunization Awareness Month
We all need shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, US Family Health Plan would like to encourage all members to make sure they are up-to-date with recommended immunizations. August also happens to be National Immunization Awareness Month - a great time to review whether you are caught up on your shots and to remind family and friends about the importance of vaccinations.
Immunizations are important because they protect people from diseases. Put simply, an immunization is the process by which a person becomes protected by a disease. Many diseases that were once common in the United States (such as polio and the measles) are now rare thanks to immunizations. If people stop getting shots, these diseases are likely to reappear. It's important that you protect yourself and loved ones from these diseases.
Immunizations are particularly important for babies and young children; however, people of all ages need immunizations to stay healthy. Depending on life circumstances, some people will need more or different vaccinations. For example, people who travel to other countries may need certain shots that are not necessary in the US. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information about vaccine-preventable diseases for adults and children.
It's important to know which shots you need and when to get them. Recommended immunizations are a very important part of prevention and are covered under your plan. Not sure whether you've received all your vaccinations? Your primary care provider can recommend vaccinations. The CDC website also has child/adolescent, and adult vaccination schedules.
Although extremely rare, some individuals experience serious reactions after receiving a vaccine. Since the chances of serious reactions are so low, experts agree that the benefits of getting vaccinated far outweigh the risks. It is more common that an individual will experience mild side effects. Many people experience no side effects, but those who do may have a slight fever, rash, and/or pain at the site of injection. These are normal and should not be a cause of concern.
To learn more about vaccinations, check out the resources below or contact your primary care provider.