August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and most likely a cause that needle-weary folks would like to ignore. But immunizations help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases.
Just like thousands of kids are doing to prepare for back-to-school, adults need to get their shots too to stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles and tuberculosis.
But Which Immunizations Do I Need?
It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them. Everyone age 6 months and older needs to get a flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.
- If you have a child age 6 or younger, find out which shots your child needs.
- Find out which shots adults and teenagers need.
- Use this chart for adults to see if you are up to date on your shots [PDF – 156 KB].
- If you are pregnant, check out this recommended immunization schedule [PDF – 188 KB].
Talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in your family gets the shots they need.
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