August Is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and it is a time when the importance of vaccinations for every age is highlighted. With the start of school just around the corner, most children are required to get immunizations, which can protect against diseases such as chickenpox, diphtheria, hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) influenza, measles, meningitis, mumps and other diseases. But shots are not just for kids, no matter what your age vaccinations are very important for a number of reasons.

Make sure you and your family are up to date on vaccines because they can prevent serious and sometimes deadly diseases. I know, I know, shots are no fun at all and I have yet to meet a person who says they love to get them, but vaccinations are definitely necessary and crucial to good health. 

For more information on vaccine requirements in Illinois, please visit:

Centers for Disease Control


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