Are your children’s vaccines up to date?

August 16th, 2010 by mike Leave a reply »

National Immunization Awareness MonthWe all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our local community safe, during the month of August, the Martin County Health Department is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month. Shots can prevent infectious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. But people in the U.S. still die from these and other vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.

Shots work best when they are given at certain ages. Here are some general guidelines:

• Children need a series of shots from birth to age 6.

• Pre-teens need recommended shots at age 11 or 12.

• All adults need a tetanus booster shot every 10 years. Starting at the age of 50, adults also need shots to prevent flu and pneumonia.

Talk to your doctor or local health department to find out which immunizations you and your children need. For more information, contact the Martin County Health Department at 606-298-7752.

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