National Immunization Awareness Month
Vaccines protect against deadly diseases like tuberculosis, measles and the flu. Unfortunately, not everyone can receive the protection of a vaccine (like individuals with compromised immune systems), which makes it even more critical to receive vaccinations if you can. The more people with vaccinations, the harder it is for illnesses to spread.
A vaccination encourages your body to produce antibodies—special agents of the immune system that attack harmful elements, like viruses. These antibodies quickly learn how to fight off a particular disease, like the flu, which can be invaluable if you’re ever exposed to it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a recommended vaccination schedule for infants and children up to age 6, and a separate one for preteens and teens ages 7-18. If you or your child misses a vaccination, ask your doctor about a catch-up schedule.
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