August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a time to emphasize the importance of getting vaccinated, not just for things like the flu, but for many infectious diseases. Take it from TAMC's own Dr. Jorge Pineiro and Dr. Thomas Macharia.


Vaccines for infants to adolescents

Young children are at increased risk for infectious diseases because their immune systems have not yet built up the necessary defenses to fight serious infections and diseases. Vaccinations start early in life to protect children before they are exposed to these diseases.

Many parents tend to think of vaccines as something less important later in life. In fact, teenagers and young adults often get a number of vaccine-preventable diseases. They need protection against infectious illnesses, as well.

And did you know that getting your child vaccinated also protects others? Because of community immunity, vaccines help keep your child’s younger siblings, older family members, and friends from getting sick, too.

Vaccines for adults and the elderly

While it’s important to have infants and children immunized, vaccines are especially important for older adults. As you get older, your immune system weakens and it can be more difficult to fight off infections. You’re more likely to get diseases like the flu, pneumonia, and shingles — and to have complications that can lead to long-term illness, hospitalization, and even death.

If you have an ongoing health condition — like diabetes or heart disease — getting vaccinated is especially important. Vaccines can protect you from serious diseases and related complications so you can stay healthy as you age.

Getting vaccinated can help keep you, your family, and your community healthy.

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