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What you need to know about immunizations

Aug 19 2016
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Immunizations save 2 to 3 million lives each year. Life-saving vaccines can be given at any time during the year, but August is officially National Immunization Awareness Month. Annual check ups and back-to-school doctor visits are an ideal time to discuss recommended immunizations with your health care provider.

What are immunizations? Immunization is the process in which a person is made immune or resistant to an infectious disease like chicken pox or measles. Vaccines stimulate the body’s immune system to protect the person against possible infection or disease. A proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening, infectious diseases, immunization is estimated to avert 2 to 3 million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Vaccines work and they aren’t just for kids. They are just as important for older adults.

Whether it’s a flu shot or a measles vaccine, immunizing yourself and others protects everyone.

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