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August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

Get Your Shots, It's National Immunization Awareness Month

I dislike needles with a strong passion — I've even fainted before having blood drawn. But even though needles freak me out, I make sure that I am always up to date with my immunizations. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and if you don't know where you stand with vaccinations like tetanus, HPV, or Hepatitis B, now is the time to check.

The goal of National Immunization Awareness Month is pretty self-explanatory. Use this month to encourage your family members and friends to make sure all of their immunizations are current. And, of course, don't forget about yourself! Many vaccines are key in protecting ourselves against highly infectious illnesses like the measles, flu, or chickenpox. Left unchecked, many of these infectious diseases can result in death.

If you're not sure what shots you may be due for, make an appointment with your doc, or check out this vaccinations for adult schedule.

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SocialistLez SocialistLez 5 years
I'd love to get the HPV shot but I am scared of the side effects. The stories I have heard have not been pretty.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
Choosing whether or not to vaccinate a child is a choice parents get to make. My sister has 4 kids, 2 were vaccinated, 2 were not. The two who were have autism. Same exact thing with my cousins kids (2/4 have autism). I'm not saying it's definitely linked, but it's important to be fully educated before making the decision. A possible Autism link isn't the only reason people choose not to do it. "There is no proof that vaccines are responsible for the decline in certain diseases - improved sanitation, medical care and less crowding may also have contributed to the decline in certain diseases. Most diseases decreased by over 95% BEFORE the introduction of vaccines." Vaccines aren't even a full proof way of warding off a disease. We recently had a breakout of mumps in the US (2009). Of those kids infected, 3/4 of them had been vaccinated. Ingredients like formaldehyde, aspartame, and mercury are ones that would make me think twice. My point is, too many people blindly vaccinate without researching. The information is out there, it's important to know rather than just do what your doctor tells you or what's "normal."
runningesq runningesq 5 years
Good reminder, Fit ! I HATE needles -- unfortunantly, I've been pricked several times during prenatal care. The first time I fainted, convulsed, and was taken to the ER for an EKG (they thought I had a seizure). I find the best way to deal with needles is to lay down (less likely to faint), not look, hold someone's hand, and wiggle my toes. I ask the lab tech to not tell me what she is doing when. After 4-5 times of having my blood drawn, I'm (finally) to a point where I don't cry or pass out. And make sure you get your kids immuinized. We haven't had polio in this country since the 70s, but if more people continue to believe Jenny McCarthy (and why you would believe someone with no medical degree -- her claim to fame is a dating TV show), I'm afraid more and more children won't be vaccinated. From what I understand, the study linking immunizations to autiusm has been largly debunked, and the major medicine bodies (American Acamedy of Pediatrics, etc.) strong recommend the scheduled vaccines. / soapbox.
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